COVID-19 Testing for Students Without Campus Access

January 25, 2021

GW students living in the D.C. region are eligible to participate in the university’s COVID-19 testing program. Please note that this does not mean that you have been granted campus access.

The COVID-19 test, developed by the GW Public Health Laboratory, is a highly accurate test and uses a powerful technique called real time polymerase chain reaction (RT PCR) to detect genetic material from the virus that causes COVID-19.


Students must make an appointment for a COVID-19 test through the medical portal. Appointments for students without campus access are available only at Shenkman Hall (616 23rd St., NW). Spring 2021 hours of operation are available here.

Before coming to the Shenkman Hall test center, please remember the following:

  • You must make an appointment through the medical portal.
  • Appointment times will be enforced to prevent overcrowding at the test centers.
  • Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.
  • The testing centers are closed between 12-12:30 p.m. daily.

Offering COVID-19 tests to our students living off-campus without campus access helps protect our entire community, provide us with more insight into off-campus positive cases, allow for quicker test results and proper follow up, and make it easier for students to be tested.

If you are unsure of whether you have access to campus, you can verify your access through GWeb. A step-by-step guide is available to assist you.

Please remember, if you have not been granted permission to be on campus and you live in the D.C. region:

  • Please do not come to campus and do not attempt to access campus buildings other than the campus testing center, if needed.
  • Wear a mask or face covering unless completely by yourself, eating, or vigorously exercising.
  • Observe travel and quarantine guidelines. GW has developed guidance for students without campus access on travel and quarantine.
  • Maintain six feet of distance from those who are not members of your household.
  • Only attend gatherings of 10 people or fewer that also adhere to the above guidelines.

These actions are critical to our response to the pandemic, and together our efforts have allowed us to continue to fulfill our academic mission despite these challenging times.