COVID-19 Testing

Updated August 22, 2022: 

On May 12, 2022, Columbia University phased out its robust COVID-19 testing program due to wide availability of tests and high vaccination coverage of the campus community. 

Symptomatic Testing 

Individuals with symptoms of COVID-19, should contact their campus medical service (Columbia Health for Morningside/Manhattanville students or Student Health on Haven for CUIMC students) or primary care provider (faculty and staff) for guidance on testing.  

Surveillance Testing 

Columbia will continue to conduct wastewater surveillance monitoring of the undergraduate residential buildings. The University will maintain the ability to provide on-campus testing as needed for future surveillance efforts.

Off-campus COVID-19 Testing  

PCR and rapid tests are available at sites throughout New York City for symptomatic as well as asymptomatic individuals, many at no-cost. Visit to find the location nearest you.

COVID-19 at-home self-testing kits are available through the US government or through a city program administered through 14 cultural institutions and 27 branches of the New York public library system.

Faculty and staff enrolled in any of the University’s employee medical plans have options through OptumRx.

Students on the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan can learn more about purchasing, reimbursement, and no out-of-pocket cost options for at-home test kits on the Columbia Health (Morningside/Manhattanville) or Student Health on Haven (CUIMC) websites.

Students enrolled in other insurance should contact their insurance provider for details about how to obtain tests with no out-of-pocket costs or submit for reimbursement for their at-home tests.

Guidance for Individuals Who Test Positive for COVID-19

Individuals who test positive may email [email protected] for further guidance and help navigating resources for a successful isolation.

Please follow appropriate isolation guidance.