Will COVID-19 testing be mandatory? For students living off-campus, too? Should I get tested before I come to campus? What about self-tests?

  • Biweekly testing will be required for students who live in University Housing (residence halls). For students who live off-campus, unlimited, no-cost testing is available. It is not required but it is recommended.
  • We encourage students to get tested prior to arriving on campus but are not requiring this.
  • UW–Madison is pursuing a testing method that would make collecting samples simple and easy and not involve a deep nasal swab. More details about resident testing, including the timing and exact testing methods, will be shared prior to the fall.
  • Self-testing is an option that campus is looking into; however, we will not be requiring this at the start of the fall semester. If self-testing becomes available to students, we will communicate specific guidance to students and provide support.
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