COVID-19 Sampling & Tracking Program

The U-M COVID-19 Community Sampling and Tracking Program is a free, opt-in, voluntary surveillance testing program for those on the Ann Arbor campus.

This type of testing plays a critical role in the public health response to COVID-19 and adds to our understanding of how the virus is impacting our campus community. It will provide invaluable data to help identify increases in transmission of the virus and help inform U-M’s response to slow COVID-19 transmission.

Program registration is open to:

  • All U-M students who live in on-campus or off-campus housing.
  • Faculty and staff, including Michigan Medicine employees, who work on the Ann Arbor campus at least once per week.

Departure testing: CSTP also is offering departure testing for students that are planning to return to their permanent residences. To access this testing, register for the CSTP program below and then sign up for a testing time here. You must register by 5pm the day before your test. Test results take 2-3 days, so please plan ahead. More details on departure testing protocols to follow is here.

To participate, sign up and complete a brief survey. Each week, a group of individuals will be selected and asked to report for in-person COVID-19 testing across campus.

The program is made possible with support from the School of Public Health and University Health Service.

IMPORTANT: The program is not a replacement for symptomatic testing or medical care. Individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 or a close contact exposure should contact Occupational Health Services (faculty and staff), or University Health Service (students).

Volunteer for the COVID-19 Sampling & Tracking Program

For questions, please email covid19sampling@umich.​edu.

Currently enrolled participants can update their nasal swab test to a saliva test.

Read the University Record story on change to saliva-based collection method for the sampling program.

Read the University Record story on the launch of the sampling program.


Palmer Commons, Great Lakes Room

  • Monday through Friday from 9am to 5:30pm

Pierpont Commons, Boulevard Room (1st floor Mezzanine behind Fireside cafe)

  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am to 2pm

Couzens Hall, Multipurpose Room

  • Wednesday, October 28, 3-7 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 29, 3-7 p.m.
  • Friday, October 30, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

West Quad Connector

  • Friday, October 23, 4:30-9pm
  • Wednesday, October 28, 4:30-9 p.m.
  • Friday, October 30, 4:30-9 p.m

*Testing locations will be closed on Nov. 3 for Election Day.

Stone arches on the entrance to the Law Quad

About the Program

  • Sign-up for the COVID-19 Community Sampling and Tracking Program, which runs thorugh November 20.
  • Each week, a sample of participants is selected and invited to test on a rolling basis, based on representativeness and development of the epidemic.
  • Tests occur at Palmer Commons, Monday–Friday from 9 am to 5:30 pm and Pierpont Commons Tuesday through Thursday from 10am to 2pm. The program also brings testing directly to the community at pre-arranged locations across campus. Weekly schedule posted above.
  • New saliva-based test is being offered through the U-M startup company LynxDx in partnership with UHS. Nasal swab collection will be phased out over the coming weeks.
  • The use of a saliva-based collection method will allow U-M to ramp up capacity to test 6,000 individuals per week by the end of October.
  • Program participants should not eat or drink within 30 minutes of their test time.
  • Results are emailed and texted to participants within 48-72 hours.

Details About Participation

This program is open to all U-M students, as well as faculty and staff who currently work on campus at least once per week. Michigan Medicine faculty and staff are eligible. Students must be 18 or older to consent to participation. Participants are required to be asymptomatic (have no symptoms) with no recent close-contact exposures at the time they complete their test.

Individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (with a PCR test) in the last 90 days are not eligible to participate (tests can remain positive for up to 90 days after an initial infection, and would likely not represent a re-infection).

U-M community exhibiting behaviors related to Wolverine Culture of Care

"We need to make sure our actions reflect unity in all that we do." Ellie, Student


The main focus of the COVID-19 Community Sampling and Tracking Program is to systematically look for increases in COVID-19 that may be missed by other testing programs. We will do this through the testing of a representative sample of the U-M community each week. Early identification of changes in COVID-19 patterns can inform better interventions to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 to the wider campus and Ann Arbor community.

U-M community exhibiting behaviors related to Wolverine Culture of Care

"I want others to feel safe and I want to keep my family and friends safe." Stephen, Michigan Medicine Staff

Monitoring & Testing at U-M

The COVID-19 Community Sampling and Tracking Program is the latest testing program to be added to the university's monitoring and testing efforts, which includes baseline testing of students before they moved into Michigan Housing, as well as testing of residents of affiliated fraternity and sorority facilities.

The university’s overall testing and monitoring strategy also includes symptomatic testing for students through University Health Service and testing of faculty and staff through Michigan Medicine; exposure testing of close contacts identified through contact tracing or workplace exposure investigations; antibody testing for Michigan Medicine faculty and staff involved with patient care; and daily symptom tracking through the ResponsiBLUE health screening tool.

For more information about COVID-19 monitoring and testing, view our FAQs.

Volunteer for the COVID-19 Community Sampling and Tracking Program

U-M community exhibiting behaviors related to Wolverine Culture of Care

"If we want to stay together on campus, we'll need to keep it safe and healthy." Alicia, Staff

Sampling & Tracking FAQs

General Information

Saliva Testing Information (LynxDx)

Nasal Swab Information