NYU Community Testing
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: 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.
Updated: February 23
You must have a negative test result with NYU within the past 14 days in order to enter an NYU building.
Students living in an NYU residence hall
You must submit a Binx saliva test kit each week through your assigned residence hall location. You must also get tested through Binx or BioReference on the first day you arrive to housing for Spring 2021.
Non-residential students, faculty, and employees
You must obtain a Binx or NYU BioReference test result at least every 14 days if you need to enter NYU buildings regularly.
If your aim is to keep continuous access, then you should get tested with enough time to allow the result of your test to come (1-2 days for BioReference; 2-3 days for Binx tests) no later than the 14 days prior to your previous result.
If you’re not on campus regularly
You do not need to get tested every 14 days. Instead, you only need to receive a Binx or BioReference test result within the 14 days prior to when you need to enter NYU buildings. We recommend you get tested 3–5 days in advance to allow time for your test results to be received.
If you are getting tested for the first time this semester
We recommend you get tested at least 3-5 days before you need to enter NYU academic and administrative buildings. You need to allow time for your test results to be processed before you will be allowed to enter NYU buildings. You must get tested at the NYU BioReference testing site (recommended), drop off a Binx saliva kit, or request a test kit by mail. Please consider the time it takes to receive test results when selecting your testing option.
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.
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 2: Activate Your Kit
Register your account with Binx and then use that account to activate each test kit
Step 3: Collect Your Saliva Sample
Follow these instructions on how to collect your sample properly
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.
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.
Saliva Kit Test Results
It will take a few days for your kit to be mailed to the lab. You should receive your results 24-48 hours after the lab receives your kit.
On-Campus Testing Site Results
You must register for the BioReference Patient Portal to view your results. Test results are typically available 24-48 hours after your appointment.
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:
- Click the chat icon at https://mybinxhealth.com/activate
- Email email@example.com
- Or call (844) 692-4691
For issues related to the NYU BioReference patient portal verification or login:
- Call (888) 279-0967 Monday-Friday 8 a.m.–8 p.m. ET and Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. ET
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and phone number
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 email@example.com.
For questions about NYU's testing requirements, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.