Arrival testing

As part of our return for spring semester 2021, Mizzou implemented undergraduate student arrival testing to assess our COVID-19 caseload as students returned from various parts of the country.

Arrival testing was mandatory for undergraduate students living in university residential housing. All other undergraduate students were offered and encouraged to complete free testing before returning to campus.

Beyond limiting the spread of the virus from students arriving in Columbia, our arrival testing efforts will continue to help direct health strategies and precautionary tactics moving forward.

Arrival testing information

Residential undergrads shared arrival testing plans with the Residential Life office prior to the start of the semester. To accommodate the many types of testing available in different communities, students could meet the testing requirements in four ways:

  • Submitting documentation of a positive COVID infection between Oct. 15, 2020 and Jan. 9, 2021.
  • Receiving a negative PCR or rapid antigen viral test at home no more than five days before arriving in Columbia.
  • Getting tested on campus early between Jan. 11 and 15.
  • Getting tested at Hearnes between Jan. 17 and 21.

University testing outcomes

Over 2,000 Mizzou students received a COVID-19 test through the university, with 35 students testing positive. Once tested, students typically received their results within 24 hours. Students who tested positive were contacted by MU Health Care or Student Health staff and provided with guidance and support resources.

A majority of residential undergraduate students were tested at home before returning to campus.