Testing for Students Without Campus Access

The university has expanded in-house testing to additional GW students who live in the region but are not part of the on-campus cohort. Students can obtain tests through our in-house testing operation if they believe they have been exposed to the virus or have symptoms. Please note that you are not granted campus access, but this 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.

Scheduling a COVID-19 Test

You may schedule a symptomatic or asymptomatic test appointment at Shenkman Hall if you either:

  • Have COVID-19 symptoms. In this case, please try to take the test on the earliest available day.
  • Are worried you have had possible COVID-19 contact. In this case, do not take the test until three to five days after the suspected exposure. You should quarantine, other than going to take your test, until you receive your results.

If you don't meet these criteria and you want to be tested for other reasons, you may arrange for testing through the Medical Faculty Associates or other testing sites in the area.

To set up your appointment for a COVID-19 test only, please follow these steps: 

  1. LOG INTO the medical portal using your GW email and password to use the online scheduling system.
    Note: you must make your appointment through the medical portal. The testing center does not have a call-in system for scheduling appointments. 

  2. ENSURE that your mobile phone number and carrier is current in the medical portal, and activate text messaging to receive your test results, as well as any updates and reminders about testing. Check the step-by-step guide for assistance.
  3. SIGN the consent form, before your arrival. Your test may be delayed if you do not complete this prior to your appointment. 

If we have your current cell phone number and if you have consented, your test results will be returned to you within 24 to 48 hours. Results also will be shared with Colonial Health Center providers, as well as with the Campus COVID Support Team (CCST). In this way, we hope to be able to provide prompt clinical care and other support to any of our students in the region who contract the COVID-19 virus.

To help us in this testing effort, we encourage you to update your current address in GWeb.