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COVID-19 Testing

Updated Jan. 18, 2022

Testing is strongly encouraged, especially if you have traveled recently or gathered with others over the holidays. You can get tested on-campus or at a location convenient to you. Per CDC guidelines, individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and have recovered should NOT get re-tested as long as they do not develop new symptoms.

On-campus COVID-19 testing

On-campus, saliva-based testing is limited to current students, faculty and staff.

Regular hours:

Lincoln Park Campus (expanded hours for January 2022):

  • Tuesdays 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Wednesdays 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Fridays 9 a.m. – Noon
  • Location: McGrath-Phillips Arena inside Sullivan Athletic Center (2323 N. Sheffield Ave.), Lobby 

Loop Campus:

  • Mondays 9 a.m. – Noon; Thursdays 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Location: DePaul Center (1 E. Jackson Blvd.), Concourse Area

Who should utilize on-campus testing

If you have traveled recently or gathered with others over the holidays, testing is strongly encouraged.

Those with exemptions: Unvaccinated faculty, staff and students with medical/religious exemptions are required to be tested on a regular basis. These individuals will receive communication via email on the required frequency.

If you have possible COVID-19 symptoms with no exposure: Regardless of vaccination status, get tested as soon as possible. Stay home (except to get tested) while you have symptoms and do NOT attend in-person class. Report positive test results at this reporting website or call (773) 207-4340. A representative is available Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you were exposed to COVID-19 and have no symptoms:

  • If vaccinated, get tested 5-7 days following exposure. There is no need to quarantine or report unless you test positive.
  • If unvaccinated, quarantine immediately. Stay home (except to get tested) and do NOT attend in-person class. Follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and stay home for 10 days without testing or 7 days after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 after exposure or later). Report positive test results at this reporting website or call (773) 207-4340. A representative is available Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Who should not seek on-campus testing

  • Individuals who have tested positive in the last 90 days should NOT re-test unless they develop symptoms.
  • If you need a negative COVID test for another reason, such as to attend an event unrelated to your coursework or employment, the university asks that you seek testing elsewhere. This will allow the university to keep testing available where it is most needed.
  • If you are not a current DePaul student, faculty or staff member, please seek testing via the options detailed below for Chicago, Illinois or out-of-state residents.

Making an appointment

On-campus testing is by appointment only. You will not be charged for testing and do not need to provide proof of insurance.

We are partnering with SHIELD IL to provide this testing and need you to complete the following steps to confirm your COVID-19 test:

  1. Complete the DePaul COVID test waiver form located here: DePaul SHIELD Waiver ( There is no need to fill out the waiver form again if you choose to schedule more than one test.
  2. Schedule a testing appointment by visiting the SHIELD IL login webpage.
  3. You will need a specific DePaul code. (Students: x2z7zqti-stu) (Faculty and staff: x2z7zqti-emp)
  4. Choose DePaul Lincoln Park Campus or Loop Campus and choose a date/time.
  5. Refrain from eating, drinking, brushing your teeth, using mouthwash, chewing gum and using tobaccos for at least one hour before submitting your saliva sample at the test site.
  6. Bring your DePaul ID with you to your testing appointment.
  7. Test results are typically available within 24 hours, but may take up to 36 hours. You should always report a positive test to the university at People who have tested positive should not re-test for 90 days from the date of their positive test.

Always keep in mind that testing is only one part of preventing the spread of COVID-19. For more information on the test, please visit the SHIELD IL website.

Chicago-area residents

Please visit the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) website for testing location information. Testing locations and hours of operation may change, particularly for mobile testing sites, so please check the CDPH website prior to visiting a location for the most up-to-date information.  

Illinois residents 

Please visit the Illinois Department of Public Health website for COVID-19 testing locations. 

Out-of-state residents 

For students, faculty and staff living outside Illinois, please check your local and state public health departments’ websites for more information. 

Questions or concerns

Have you tested positive for COVID-19, and/or have questions or concerns? If so, please email