This page was updated on 01/26/21 

Student COVID-19 Testing

Exposure and Symptomatic Testing

COVID-19 exposure and symptomatic testing is provided for University of Alabama students who may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or who may be experiencing symptoms of the virus.

The Student Health Center provides standard services and COVID testing. Students wishing to receive a COVID test due to exposure (and mild symptoms) may be tested Monday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Students with symptoms who wish to see a provider may also be tested; symptomatic students with a positive test result will receive a telemedicine visit, those with a  negative test will have an in-person visit.  All tests performed on-site at SHC will be rapid tests (antigen), so students will know the result quickly. All of the same services with directing on campus students to isolation housing will remain. Walk-in testing is available, but appointments are preferred. Make an appointment online through the myBama SHC patient portal (preferred) or call 205-348-2778.

Students’ insurance will be billed for all symptomatic and exposure testing. Any copays, deductibles or uninsured charges will be placed on the student’s account. In addition to their CWID and government-issued ID, students should bring their insurance information for billing. Students without health insurance will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, but the goal is not to turn any students away if testing is warranted. For more information, contact the UA COVID-19 Hotline at 205-348-CV19 (2819).

Spring 2021 Reentry Testing

Students who live on campus, including Greek houses, for the Spring 2021 semester were required to test for coronavirus (SARS-COV-2) prior to resuming classes or other on-campus activities.

On-Campus Reentry Testing:  Those arriving in February can schedule a COVID-19 Reentry Test appointment online for available testing dates at the East Campus Storm Shelter. The storm shelter will be open the week of February 1 – 5 and again February 15 – 19.

Reentry testing uses the PCR test with a short nasal swab. Results will be provided within 24 to 72 hours. Those who test negative will receive an email, and positive results will be relayed via telephone by a member of UA’s COVID-19 support program. Students awaiting results are encouraged to minimize contact with others and answer any phone calls with a caller ID from the COVID Support group.

Prior Positives: Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 since Oct. 28 should not test again for reentry testing.

Sentinel testing

Sentinel testing involves the random sampling of all asymptomatic students, faculty and staff to understand the underlying prevalence of infection on campus so we can respond promptly to outbreaks or increases in infection rates. Our goal is to test around 3% of the campus population each week. Sentinel testing is required for students who live on campus, participate in club sports, are members of a student organization holding meetings with more than 10 people, or are participating in clinical activities, provided the student also has or will have a presence on campus.

For-cause testing

For-cause testing is for individuals in a shared geographic area, such as a residence hall floor, Greek house, student group or a class. It is conducted when campus health officials determine the need based on data trends. It is mandatory, and anyone who declines to participate will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.

If you test positive

Those who test positive must follow the isolation and quarantine protocols. You must receive clearance from a health care provider before you return.  For more information contact the COVID-19 hotline at 205-348-CV19 (2819).


  1.  You don’t need a negative test to come out of isolation
  2.  Finish your isolation and be cleared by your case manager
  3.  You should not need another test before reentering campus in January

Spring 2021 Return Checklist

  1. Get tested (for those required to do so).
  2. Complete a training module from UA.
  3. Check your symptoms daily at UA Healthcheck.



For a list of frequently asked questions about student testing and notifications, visit the Student Testing and Notifications FAQ section of the Return Plan FAQ page or Call 205.348.CV19 (205-348-2819) for help.