Message for Students About Scheduling Their COVID-19 Test

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 29, 2020) The afternoon of Tuesday, July 28, University of Kentucky sent an email message to all of its students detailing how students should schedule their COVID-19 testing for the Fall 2020 semester. Please read the message below.

Dear Students,

If you have not received one already, soon you will receive a text message and email with instructions to sign up for your mandatory COVID-19 test at one of five testing sites on campus.

This test is a first step in our pledge to make it as easy as possible to be safe on our campus.

As we communicated last week, the test is required for all UK students — undergraduate, graduate, professional and postdoc — enrolled in in-person coursework, or who plan to visit campus for any reason this fall.

Here are your next steps:

  1. Schedule your test. Your text message/email will contain a link to a secure website portal where you can schedule your test and select a testing location. Private health information will be kept confidential.
  2. Register. After you schedule, you will register for your test. This step involves providing other important information and is separate from scheduling.

Complete steps 1 and 2 before arriving at your testing location.

Testing will take place between August 3 and August 22, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day including weekends. It will be available at no cost to all students. The university can test up to 2,000 students a day, with projected test results delivered in approximately 24 hours.

Students who test negative will be notified via email that their results are available; those results can be accessed via a link to a secure portal on the web-based application.

Students who test positive will be contacted by phone by a member of the UK Health Corps. team. The team will provide the students with instructions, resources and other necessary support.

Students who are under the age of 18 will receive a consent form for their parent or guardian to sign before they come to campus.

Wellness Kits

Additionally, the university will provide all students with Wellness Kits containing PPE and other supplies. Students who live on campus will receive their Wellness Kits during move-in. Students who live off campus will receive their Wellness Kits at their testing locations.

Testing By Your Own Provider

You also have the option to supply the university with test results conducted outside of initial testing on campus. If you choose to do so, the test must be an approved PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test conducted within seven days of your arrival to campus. More information is available here.

  • For students living in on-campus housing, their arrival date is defined as their scheduled residence hall move-in date.
  • Students living off campus, who want to complete their test off campus, should do so within seven days of the date they first plan to arrive on campus for any reason (e.g. to buy books, etc.)

More information about the student testing process is available here.

If you have questions related to testing or campus services, please contact us at

Thank you for doing your part to protect and respect our community.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.