Optional COVID-19 testing for off-campus undergraduate students

Mizzou is adding undergraduate student arrival testing for COVID-19 to our precautionary safety measures. 

We hope you are having a restful break. We look forward to welcoming you back to campus.  

Mizzou has been busy getting ready to resume academic operations, including in-person instruction, on Jan. 19. As part of the preparation, we are adding undergraduate student arrival testing for COVID-19 to our precautionary safety measures. 

While we know testing does not directly stop the spread of the virus, arrival testing might provide us with information at this particular point in time that will help direct our strategies and tactics related to managing the virus at the beginning of the semester.

Arrival testing will be mandatory for undergraduate students living with Residential Life. It is optional for undergrads such as yourself who live off-campus.

If you are interested in getting tested, we strongly encourage you to do so before returning to Columbia. However, you will have the option to register for a test as part of Mizzou’s undergraduate arrival testing program.  

How to register and get tested

You can seek testing Jan. 17–21 at the Hearnes Center but an appointment is required. Please follow the instructions below:

1.  Visit our Arrival Testing page and log in with your MU username and password.

2.  Select a time and date for your arrival test. Note, if your plans change, return to Arrival Testing sign up and pick a new time and date.

3.  At your scheduled time and date, arrive at the Hearnes Center east entrance (closest to the Mizzou Softball Complex).

The test is free and will not be billed to insurance. We will provide you with a packet of information after your test with directions for how to get results and information about resources.

If you test at home
If you choose to complete testing before coming back to Columbia and you test positive, we have resources to help you navigate classes and isolation questions. Learn more on the Show Me Renewal website.  

If you test positive
Notify Mizzou within four hours of receiving a positive test result by submitting a secure online form. Also notify your instructors that you will not be attending class and make arrangements to continue your studies remotely, if you are able.

Last fall, you helped show that simple precautions — such as wearing face coverings, social distancing and hygiene measures — are the most effective defense against COVID-19. While the vaccine will become an additional tool, it will take time before it protects the general population. Continued vigilance and adherence to basic precautionary measures will be essential this semester.  

Until then, enjoy the rest of your break and, please, stay safe.