Student Gateway Testing
Gateway testing (or arrival testing) is an important public health measure to quickly assess and minimize the introduction of the virus in our community. Every student who will be enrolled during the fall semester and coming to campus for classes or other academic requirements is required to be tested once upon arrival to campus. This test must be completed through our own Penn Cares testing system in order to be compliant with their Gateway Testing requirement.
For graduate and professional students, this requirement can be met at any time between July 7th and September 7th. While many students have been tested weekly until the end of June, we are establishing a new baseline as of July 7th. This test is required regardless of vaccination status. Vaccinated students who have submitted their immunization records will be exempt from weekly testing after July 7th, however, a Gateway test is required. Ideally, students should test within 24 hours of on campus, in person academic program start date.
Most undergraduate students will be tested, regardless of their vaccination status, when they arrive on campus between August 9th and September 7th. As a reminder, students do not need to quarantine upon arrival to campus, as had been recommended in our April 22nd communication.
In the event of a positive Gateway test, students will be required to isolate for 10 days and cooperate with our contact tracing efforts, even if fully vaccinated.
All students are invited to schedule their COVID-19 Gateway test online beginning July 26. New students may be unable to schedule their tests until the week of August 9. This test must be completed through our own Penn Cares testing system in order to be compliant with their Gateway Testing requirement.
Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information regarding Gateway Testing.