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

We are conducting large numbers of tests each week that allow us to test the entire community every two weeks at minimum. We are principally using a saliva test kit, which can be self-administered at home. Non-residential students and employees have the option to get a nasal swab test on campus instead.

Participation in the ongoing testing process is mandatory for anyone studying or working on site who wishes to maintain access to NYU buildings. Those who are not up-to-date on their testing requirements will have their NYU ID cards deactivated and will not be able to enter NYU facilities.

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Updated: November 13

Saliva Test Kit: 4 Steps

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

On-Campus Testing Option

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 tent on Gould Plaza (40 West 4th Street) instead of submitting a saliva test kit. You should continue to get tested on your regular designated schedule. Testing at the tent is done by medical personnel using a shallow nasal swab.

Testing Schedule

If you’re a student living in an NYU residence hall, you will be tested each week. All other members of the NYU community (students, faculty, staff, and researchers) who are working or studying on site will be tested every two weeks.

Thanksgiving Testing

All students, faculty, staff, and administrators with regular campus access must be tested the week before Thanksgiving (Nov. 16-20). There is no testing the week of November 23-November 27. Everyone will also be required to be tested the week after Thanksgiving (Nov. 30-Dec. 4) if you intend to be on-campus again before winter break.

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:


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


For questions about NYU's testing requirements, contact