NYU is conducting regular testing of all individuals studying or working on site so we can identify and isolate those who may have COVID-19 in order to help prevent its spread and monitor the rate of COVID-19 infections within the NYU community.

Participation in the community testing process is mandatory for anyone who needs to enter NYU buildings. If you are not up-to-date on your testing requirement you will not be able to enter NYU buildings.

Please note: testing methods, locations, and requirements have been modified ahead of the Spring 2021 semester. Please review this information carefully. In addition, if you have traveled to a NYS-restricted location for more than 24 hours, you are required to quarantine and report your travel.

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Updated: January 20

Testing Frequency

When to test and how often

Before January 25

You must be tested within 24 hours of arrival. You can get tested at the NYU BioReference testing site or drop off a Binx saliva test kit at the Kimmel Center (60 Washington Square South) on your first day back on campus. You do not need to mail a kit in advance.

Please note: beginning on January 25, you must have a negative test result with NYU within the past 14 days in order to enter an NYU building.  Therefore, if you get tested between January 20–24, your test results may not be received by NYU in time to enter NYU buildings.  Please consider the time it takes to receive test results as you make your plans.

January 25 and After

If you are getting tested for the first time for the Spring 2021 semester, you should get tested at least 5 days before you need to enter NYU academic and administrative buildings. You can get tested at the NYU BioReference testing site (recommended) or drop off a Binx saliva test kit at the Kimmel Center (60 Washington Square South). Please consider the time it takes to process and provide test results when selecting your testing option.

How to Get Tested

NYU offers two testing methods for current NYU students, faculty, and employees; a saliva test kit powered by Binx, which can be self-administered at home, and a shallow nasal swab test, which is administered on campus. Test results from other testing facilities are not acceptable.

Note: if you have symptoms, were exposed to COVID-19, or traveled to a NY-state restricted location please notify the COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team. Binx saliva test kits are not recommended for symptomatic or pre-arrival travel-related testing, unless otherwise directed by the COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team.

Binx Saliva Test Kit

Step 1: Pick Up Your Kit

Depending on your role, you will need to pick up your kit at a specific location and during specific times

Step 1
Step 2: Activate Your Kit

Register your account with Binx and then use that account to activate each test kit

Step 2
Step 3: Collect Your Saliva Sample

Follow these instructions on how to collect your sample properly

Step 3
Step 4: Return Your Kit

It is important that you return your sealed kit the same day that you collect your sample

Step 4

BioReference On-Campus Testing Site

If you’re a non-residential student or employee and it is more convenient for you to get tested on campus or if you prefer a nasal swab test, you can schedule an appointment at the NYU BioReference testing site at the NYU Bonomi Family Admissions Center (27 West 4th Street) instead of submitting a saliva test kit. Testing at the tent is done by medical personnel using a shallow nasal swab.

Test Results

Aggregated community data on testing and results from the ongoing testing program—along with all other test submissions—will be updated at least weekly on the Testing Dashboard.

Test results will be automatically transmitted to the NYU COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team. You do not need to upload your results.

Need Help?

For questions related to your saliva test kit contents, setting up your account, activating your kit through the online portal, and using the kits, contact Binx customer support 7 days a week from 6 a.m.–10 p.m. ET:

Students

For questions about saliva test kit pickup and drop-off procedures within your residence halls, please contact your Residence Hall Resource Center.

For questions about NYU's testing requirements, contact studentlink@nyu.edu.

Employees

For questions about NYU's testing requirements, contact askpeoplelink@nyu.edu.