Arrival testing

As part of our return for spring semester 2021, Mizzou is implementing undergraduate student arrival testing for COVID-19.

Our medical experts believe this measure could assist us in assessing the occurrence of the virus as students return from various parts of the country. We know that testing does not directly stop the spread of the virus, but arrival testing may help direct our health strategies and precautionary tactics.

Arrival testing will be mandatory for undergraduate students living in university residential housing and an option for all other undergraduate students.

For Residential Life students — testing required

As a residential undergrad, you should have shared your COVID-19 arrival testing plans with the Residential Life office by Jan. 4. You were emailed on Dec. 23 and Dec. 28 with a personalized link to MU’s reporting form. If you did not receive an email, please email mureslifecovidhelp@missouri.edu.

Meet the testing requirement in four ways

You must meet the testing requirement within five days of returning to campus. We understand everyone’s situation is different, so we are offering testing options based on location and access to testing services. The options are:

Undergraduate students living in Residential Life facilities who tested positive between Oct. 15 and Jan. 9 can submit documentation of their positive test result and will not need to test again before returning the campus. If you tested positive after Jan. 9, 2021, you should delay your move to campus until being released by a case investigator. You can submit documentation of your positive test on the same “MU Residential Life COVID-19 Arrival Testing Plan” form on the link sent via email on Dec. 23 and Dec. 28.

You can test in your current place of residence no more than five days before arriving in Columbia. This option is the best way to streamline the move-in process. In addition, you will already be in a comfortable location if you test positive and need to isolate. You will need to self-report a positive test at this link.

  • Acceptable tests: PCR or rapid antigen viral tests, which both involve either a swab of the nose or mouth, or collection of your saliva, will be accepted.
  • Unacceptable tests: Antibody tests, which involve collecting a blood sample from a vein or a finger stick, will not be accepted.

You can seek testing from Jan. 11-15 at  Parking Structure 7. To test in Parking Structure 7, students will need to call MU Health Care’s free COVID-19 assessment line – (573) 884-0948 – to get registered for a test. If you don’t choose this option, you can test at Hearnes on Jan. 17-21. See information under option 4 to obtain a test.

 How to register for and get a test at Parking Garage 7 – Jan. 11-15       

  • Call (573) 884-0948. Line is answered:
    • 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Monday through Friday
    • 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Saturday
  • Say you need to register for the “undergraduate arrival testing program.” The test is free and will not be billed to insurance.
  • Go to Parking Structure 7 (This garage is just south of the Student Health Center on the corner Hospital Drive and Monk Drive. The testing facility is located on the west side of the parking structure.) Tests will be provided first come, first served.
    • Regular hours: 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. – Monday through Friday

Parking Structure 7 map

  • Once you have been tested, you will register for a HEALTHConnect patient portal account (see below), which will send you a message when your test results are available. Results arrive typically within 24 hours of your test.  This is the only way to access your test results. If you test positive, staff with either MU Health Care or Student Health will also call you.

 How to register for a HEALTHConnect patient portal account

  • Visit our arrival testing sign up and log in with your MU username and password.
  • Select a time and date for your arrival test.
    • If your plans change, return to the arrival testing sign up and pick a new time and date.
    • Get your test at Hearnes Center during the appointment time slot you picked.

Map of Hearns

  • If you need transportation to Hearnes for testing, the Tiger Line shuttle (Hearnes Loop 401) will run from the Student Center to Hearnes on 20-minute intervals on this schedule:
    • 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17 – Monday, Jan. 18
    • 5 a.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19 – Thursday, Jan. 21
  • Once tested, you will create a HEALTHConnect patient portal account, which will email your results typically within 24 hours of your test. If you test positive, staff with either MU Health Care or Student Health will also call you. 

How to register for a HEALTHConnect patient portal account

Showing that you tested

No matter where you are tested, if you are a residential undergrad, you will need to upload proof of testing documents to complete the “MU Residential Life COVID-19 Arrival Testing Plan” form and requirement. A link to this form was sent to you in an email on Dec. 23 and Dec. 28. If you have questions, please email Res Life at mureslifecovidhelp@missouri.edu.

For off-campus students — testing offered

If you are interested in getting tested, we strongly encourage you to do so before returning to Columbia. You also have the option to register for a test as part of the undergraduate arrival testing program. The cost of the test is free and not billed to your insurance.

You can seek testing Jan. 17–21 at the Hearnes Center. Please follow the instructions below:

  • Visit our arrival testing sign up and log in with your MU username and password.
  • Select a time and date for your arrival test.
    • If your plans change, return to the arrival testing sign up and pick a new time and date.
    • Get your test at Hearnes Center during the appointment time slot you picked.

Map of Hearns

  • If you need transportation to Hearnes for testing, the Tiger Line shuttle (Hearnes Loop 401) will run from the Student Center to Hearnes on 20-minute intervals on this schedule:
    • 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17 – Monday, Jan. 18
    • 5 a.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19 – Thursday, Jan. 21
  • Once tested, you will create a HEALTHConnect patient portal account, which will email your results typically within 24 hours of your test. If you test positive, staff with either MU Health Care or Student Health will also call you. 

How to register for a HEALTHConnect patient portal account

If you decide to test at home before coming back to Columbia and you test positive, here are resources to help you navigate classes and isolation questions.  You will also need to self-report your positive test to MU within four hours of learning your result.