COVID Testing

Due to the ongoing risk of COVID-19 transmission and illness, Mason strongly encourages all students, faculty, and staff (vaccinated and unvaccinated) to participate in routine optional COVID testing. Symptomatic students are required to receive a diagnostic test at Student Health Services.

All on-campus testing is free, and Mason is offering extended hours to accommodate diverse schedules; see schedule below.

Mason’s COVID Test Sites

LocationMTWThF
Fenwick Library A Wing (formerly MIX)9 a.m. - 12 p.m.9 a.m. - 12 p.m.9 a.m. - 12 p.m.9 a.m. - 12 p.m.CLOSED
Peterson Health Clinic Drive-up Station
(Mason faculty/staff only, by appointment only)
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.1 p.m. - 3 p.m.9 a.m. - 12 p.m.9 a.m. - 12 p.m.CLOSED
Hazel Hall, Rooms B1-13
(Mason Square Campus)
CLOSED9 a.m. - 11 a.m.CLOSEDCLOSEDCLOSED
Colgan Hall, Room 229
(SciTech Campus)
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.CLOSEDCLOSEDCLOSEDCLOSED

Diagnostic Testing (Testing While You Have Symptoms)

Anyone with COVID symptoms should be tested, whether you’ve been vaccinated or not.

Mason’s surveillance test sites are not designed to handle symptomatic individuals; please do not attempt to get a COVID test at Mason’s surveillance test sites if you feel unwell or have symptoms.

It is recommended by the CDC that all travelers, regardless of vaccination status, be tested 3-5 days after arrival in the U.S. and self-monitor for any symptoms. Additionally, the CDC recommends any traveler who is not up to date with their vaccines quarantine for 5 days after arrival.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the on-campus COVID-19 asymptomatic testing sites?
Asymptomatic surveillance testing sites on Mason’s Virginia campuses include:

  • Fairfax Campus: Fenwick Library A Wing (former MIX space).
  • Mason Square in Arlington: Hazel Hall, Rooms B1-13.
  • SciTech Campus: Colgan Hall, Room 413.
Where are the COVID-19 diagnostic testing sites?
Employees: Mason will offer drive-through diagnostic testing at a station by Peterson Hall on the Fairfax Campus by appointment only for faculty and staff experiencing COVID symptoms. Schedule your diagnostic appointment.

Students: Symptomatic students should isolate, and contact Student Health Services (SHS) (703-993-2831) to seek evaluation and diagnostic testing. If you’re enrolled at Mason, even if you don’t have insurance, you’re eligible for treatment at SHS.

If you have symptoms, please avoid the surveillance testing sites to reduce the chance of spreading the virus.

Who can get tested at the on-campus sites?
Testing is available to students, faculty, and staff.
What do I need to do / bring when I get to the on-campus test site?
  • Wear a face covering.
  • Follow signs for access.
  • Have your Mason ID handy.
  • Your response from filling out that day’s Covid Health Check.
  • If walking to your appointment, maintain 6 feet of distance between you and others.

If you are getting a surveillance test, please do not eat or drink anything for 30 minutes before your appointment.

Come alone. No guests are allowed at the appointment.

What is the test like?

Mason is using a saliva test for surveillance testing. Samples will be analyzed at SciTech at the College of Science’s Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine CAP/CLIA certified laboratories.

Diagnostic tests use the nasal swab technique.

Watch a video on the saliva test: