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On-Campus Testing

On-campus testing will be available for students, faculty, and staff throughout the quarter. There are two types of testing which dictate where you will go to be tested:

If you do not have COVID-19 symptoms (you are “asymptomatic”), your test is considered an assurance or surveillance test. That testing will occur at the Jacobs Center site in Evanston, and the 345 Superior site in Chicago.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms (“symptomatic”) or you were identified as a close contact from contact tracing, you cannot be tested at those sites.

  • Symptomatic students will be tested at NUHS.
  • Symptomatic faculty or staff members will be tested through their personal medical provider if their symptoms develop at home, or they will be directed to one of the Northwestern Medicine testing facilities if they develop at work. The NU COVID-19 Case Management Team should be contacted at 847-491-8422 as a first step in either case. 

Do not come to the Jacobs Center or 345 Superior if you have any COVID-19 symptoms.  

What to Expect

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Testing Locations

Northwestern has testing locations on both campuses. 

  • Evanston: Jacobs Center (2001 Sheridan Road)
  • Chicago: 345 Superior Street

Both symptomatic and asymptomatic testing require appointments. If you are asymptomatic, you should follow directions to schedule an appointment on the Fall Quarter Testing Site.  

Your Appointment

When you arrive, you will consent and register for the test. Consent by completing the required forms: 

Please review NMHC's Notice of Privacy Practices, as well as its independent lab's Privacy Policy and Notice of Privacy Practices.

You will then complete your registration. Be prepared to show your Wildcard. If you haven’t received your Wildcard yet, please share the testing email you received from Northwestern leadership.

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Conducting a Self-Test

You will be given a testing kit for your specimen, which you will collect via nasal swab. 

Download instructions for completing your test. In-person help will also be available. 

You will be able to receive your test results through an online portal or app offered by one of the two testing companies: Tempus or Northwestern Medicine. In the event you test positive for COVID-19, you will be contact by a member of Northwestern’s case management and contact tracing team and be given directions to begin your period of self-isolation.