Can anyone sign up for Pop Testing?

At launch, specific populations with higher likelihood of contact with others on campus will be invited for Covid-19 testing. As the program becomes more established, broader campus groups will be invited to schedule an appointment. If you receive an email from, you may schedule an appointment.

Are staff and faculty going to be included in the testing? 

Staff and faculty who are permitted to work on campus (and have been cleared through their unit’s approved restart plan) will be eligible for testing. If you receive an email from, you may schedule an appointment.

Will individuals be included in repeat testing?

Yes, some populations will be asked to test on a regular basis if they have a higher risk of close contact exposure.

Where are the locations?

The initial testing locations are at Parkside and Pardee at UPC, and Pappas Quad at HSC. Additional locations may be added as the program expands.

When are appointments available?

Appointments are currently available between Monday-Friday. Times and days may vary between locations depending on scheduling demands.

What does “observed” self-collection mean?

Each participant administers their own sample collection; a health professional is on site to ensure correct use of the collection kit. Eventually, as participants become more familiar with the collection method, the testing will move to unobserved self-collection, allowing faster collections for more people, and a larger collection of testing data.

If I’m feeling sick, can I come for testing?

Pop Testing is NOT for individuals who are ill or have any symptoms of COVID-19. Students and on-campus staff and faculty who are ill should call 213-740-9355 (WELL), or make an appointment through MySHR for a medical evaluation. Testing will take place at another clinical location.

If I have recovered from COVID-19, can I come for testing?

No. Individuals who have recovered from Covid-19 are not recommended to test within 90 days of their positive test.

If I have test results from my primary care provider, or a public testing site, what should I do with them? 

If you have results from a provider outside of USC Student Health, you may upload these to MySHR to fulfill the university’s stipulation that students permitted to be on USC premises have an initial COVID-19 test.


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