COVID-19 Testing Information

Self-administered, Saliva-based PCR test

Symptomatic AND asymptomatic testing. No health insurance required. Free and available for SJSU students, staff, and faculty.


Student Wellness Center

  • Monday - Friday between 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. during operating hours
  • Vending machine is located in the lobby of the Student Wellness Center

Student Union 

  • Please visit the Student Union website for their operating hours
  • Located on the 2nd floor of the Student Union - use the elevator next to the bookstore.
  • The vending machine and drop off boxes are in front/outside of the elevator.

Campus Village B

  • Accessible only to UHS residents
  • Located near the main desk on the first floor


You must have a smartphone to access the test kit from the vending machine*. Please refer to this guide for step-by-step instructions [pdf] on how to dispense and activate your test kit. Test kits are available for pickup once a week for SJSU students, staff, and faculty. 

*If you do not have a smartphone:

  • Students -  please call the Student Wellness Center at (408) 924-6122
  • Employees - please contact University Personnel at

1. Scan the login QR code on the vending machine to access the Student Wellness Center Patient Portal or visit and enter your date of birth 

2. Click the tab on the Patient Portal “Get a ShieldT3 Covid-19 Test,” and scan the QR code on the vending machine screen using your smartphone camera that says “Dispense Test". Please check the machine for your dispensed test.

3. When you’re ready to provide a sample, you must activate the test kit in the Student Wellness Center Patient Portal by clicking the “COVID Test Self Collect Activation” tab. 

4. Follow the instructions to connect your test kit with your health record on the Patient Portal. Failure to activate your test will prevent the lab from processing your sample

5. Collect your test sample. To collect a successful sample, please watch this video for step by step instructions (also available in Spanish). Do not eat, drink, chew gum, use mouthwash, or smoke within 60 minutes of taking the test. If your sample is rejected, you will have to retake the test.

Collect your test sample outside or at home. Please do not use public spaces such as bathrooms or hallways where you may expose others. 

6. Drop off your completed test kit in the locked box next to the vending machine at the Student Wellness Center or the Student Union. Test kits from the drop boxes will be collected Monday - Friday. Test Kits are picked up daily at 2:30 p.m. and samples are only viable for 24 hours after the test is activated. If you drop off your sample after the pick up time, your test will be processed the next day. No drop-offs are accepted between Friday at 2:30 p.m. to Monday at 8:30 a.m.

Test Results

You will receive a secure message from the Student Wellness Center Patient Portal via email when test results are ready to view. Log in to view your results, when available.

If you test positive:

You must submit a Report a Case form on the Health Advisories website. The Student Wellness Center Case Management team will reach out to you with further steps, if needed. 


Visit the SJSU Health Advisories webpage for more information on the California State University policy and other vaccination updates.



  • Email University Personnel at
  • If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 you should not come to campus and should not participate in this testing.
  • Employees should contact our Leaves Unit for appropriate guidance and direction for next steps at 924-2155, 924-2148), or 924-2243.

Mandatory Testing Protocol Instructions

Starting with the Spring 2023 semester, required testing for those on testing protocols will end. 

Frequently Asked Questions