Stanford University

COVID-19 Testing

The purpose of surveillance testing is to monitor the current state of the epidemic in our community. Surveillance testing is provided for free to students, faculty, staff, and postdoctoral scholars. If you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, information about seeking care is available here. Please also report your COVID-like symptoms in Health Check, which will provide additional guidance. Student COVID-19 screening information is available on this page.

Effective September 1, 2022, regular surveillance testing is no longer required for faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars working on-site, regardless of vaccination status. Faculty, staff, and postdoctoral scholars should still test if experiencing symptoms, after travel or after exposure to COVID-19.

Individuals testing through their primary care provider (rapid antigen or PCR), such as Stanford Health Care, Kaiser, or another community testing site, must enter their results directly into Health Check.

Color Testing Program

Color testing, with results reported to Health Check, will continue to be available (up to two tests per week) for anyone who wishes to continue regular asymptomatic testing. Tests conducted through Stanford’s surveillance testing program with Color Health will automatically report results into Health Check. Individuals who receive a positive COVID test result through their primary care provider, such as at Kaiser, Stanford Health Care, or another community testing site must enter their results directly into Health Check. Visit this page for information on what to do if you test positive for COVID-19.

Rapid Antigen Testing

The university is also making a limited number of rapid antigen tests available for faculty, staff, and postdocs. Rapid tests for faculty, staff, and postdocs are available at AFDC, the EH&S tent at 484 Oak Road, and the Stanford Redwood City RecWell Center 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and are free of charge with a Stanford ID. We recommend picking up two prior to winter closure, and testing after travel or attendance at large gatherings before returning to on-campus activities. Information on the FDA’s shelf-life extension of Flowflex brand tests can be found here and here.Faculty, staff, and postdocs can also obtain rapid antigen tests through their health insurance providers. As of December 15, 2022, the U.S. government is also offering 4 free rapid antigen tests per household through the mail here.

How to Get Started with Color
  1. 1. Register for the surveillance testing program: Go to this page to create a Color account. To register, you must use your primary Stanford email address* (SUNet ID@stanford.edu). Alias emails will not be accepted.

    If you do not know your primary Stanford SUNet email or are not sure how to access it, please contact University IT Services & Support at 1 (650) 725-4357 or by submitting an online ticket.

    Please use a different password for your Color account than your SUNet ID password.

    *If you are a temporary or casual employee who does not use Stanford email, please update your email address in StanfordYou in the “Maintain Directory and Alertsu Emergency Contact Info >> SU Contact Info” section. Provide the personal email address that you would like to use for your Color account. For further assistance, submit a ticket to the EH&S testing team.

    2. Visit a collection site: Once you have created your Color account, visit a collection site and bring your Stanford University ID. Your Stanford University ID is required every time you pick up a testing kit. See Testing Locations and Hours dropdown for locations and hours of operation.

    New employees who are waiting to receive their Stanford ID may present their offer letter on Stanford letterhead for their first test kit pick-up only.

    Participants who wish to perform a Color self-swab test under the supervision of Stanford Occupational Health clinicians may visit the Environmental Health & Safety site.

    3. Activate your testing kit and collect your sample: When you’re ready to use your testing kit, you will need to activate it at color.com/covid/activate.  Activate your kit just before you collect your sample.

    After you have activated the testing kit, you may self-administer your test, taking a sample specimen from your nose. Generally, this testing will be done without healthcare worker observation, and you may take the testing kit away to perform self-collection on your own at another time and location.

    Instructional Videos:

    Self-Swab Instruction Videos (English, Spanish and Chinese)

    How to activate your kit and collect your sample

    How to activate your kit and collect your sample (Spanish)

    How to activate your kit and collect your sample (Chinese)

    4. Drop off your sample to a collection site: Once you have collected your sample, you must return it to a collection site or dropbox on the same day. All samples should be activated, collected, and returned on the same day. See Testing Locations and Hours dropdown for locations and hours of operation.

    5. Results: After dropping off your sample, you can expect to receive results within 24-72 hours. You may still continue reporting to on-site work while you wait for your results. You’ll receive an email and text message notification from Color Health to check your testing account for results.



Regular Testing Locations and Hours
  1. Stanford University locations: Download the Stanford COVID-19 testing locations flyer for a summary of test kit pick-up and drop-off sites (view location map)

    Stanford Medicine locations: Effective December 14, 2022, Color will no longer process COVID tests for Stanford Medicine healthcare workers.

    Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S)

      • 484 Oak Road, Stanford
      • Located in tents outside the building
      • Kit pick-up hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
      • 24/7 kit drop box available outside the front entrance
    • Note: Samples dropped off at the 24/7 kit drop box will be taken to the Color lab at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays, and 5 p.m. on weekends.

    Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center (AOERC)

      • 285 Santa Teresa St, Stanford
      • Kit pickup at front desk, kit dropoff at bin outside front entrance
      • Kit pickup hours during open hours:
        • Monday – Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
        • Friday, 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
        • Saturday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
      • 24/7 kit drop off box available outside front entrance
    • Note: Samples dropped off at the 24/7 kit drop box will be taken to the Color lab at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays, and 5 p.m. on weekends.

    Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation (ACSR)

    • 341 Galvez St, Stanford
    • Kit pickup at front desk, kit dropoff at bin outside front entrance
    • Kit pickup and drop off hours:
      • Monday – Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
      • Friday, 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
      • Saturday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

    Arrillaga Family Dining Commons (AFDC)

        • 489 Arguello Way, Stanford
        • Kit pickup at front entrance
          • Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
          • Nearby 24/7 kit drop off box at Escondido Road turnaround
          • Note: Samples dropped off at the 24/7 kit drop box will be taken to the Color lab at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays, and 5 p.m. on weekends.

          Stanford Redwood City

            • 900 Warrington, Stanford Recreation and Wellness Front Desk
            • C parking, visitor parking, and limited number of loading zone spaces available
            • Kit pick up hours: Mon-Fri, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
            • 24/7 kit drop box available at Cardinal Hall/Warrington
          • Note: Samples dropped off at the 24/7 kit drop box will be taken to the Color lab at lab at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays, and 5 p.m. on weekends.

          Hopkins Marine Station 

          • 120 Ocean View Blvd, Pacific Grove CA 93950
          • Located in the Monterey Boat Works lecture room
          • Kit pick up and drop off: First Wednesdays of the month, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

          Unmonitored test kit drop-off boxes (available 24/7):

          Bay Area:

        • Newark, 7600 Gateway Blvd (1pm courier pickup Mon-Sun)
        • Cancer Center South Bay, 2589 Samaritan Drive, San Jose (4pm pickup Mon-Fri, 12pm Sat-Sun)
        • 2370 Watson Court, Palo Alto (2pm pickup Mon-Sun)

      Note: Samples dropped off at the 24/7 kit drop boxes below will be taken by courier to the Color lab at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays, and at 5 p.m. on weekends.

    • Stanford campus:
          • AOERC, 285 Santa Teresa Street
            • Located outside front entrance
          • Environmental Health & Safety, 484 Oak Road
            • Located outside front entrance
          • Li Ka Shing Building, 291 Campus Drive
            • Located outside entrance facing Campus Drive
          • Escondido Road turnaround
            • Curbside box between Stern Hall and Crothers Hall
          • EVGR, Building B
            • Outside Housing Service Center entrance, facing parking lot on corner of Campus Drive and Serra Street
          • Maples Pavilion  turnaround
            • Curbside box near 655 Campus Drive
          • Stanford Oval
            • Curbside dropbox next to Marguerite/bus stop, adjacent to FedEx and USPS dropboxes
          • LBRE – 340 Bonair Siding
            • Located outside main entrance

      Stanford Research Park:

          • 3165 Porter Drive, Palo Alto
            • Located outside entrance of building next to UPS box
          • 1070 Arastradero Ave, Palo Alto
            • Located outside entrance of building

      Stanford Redwood City:

        • Cardinal Hall/Warrington, Redwood City
          • Located outside front entrance


Group Requests for Large Quantity Test Kit Pickup
  1. Schools/units may request large quantity test pickup for workgroup, lab, or department distribution if members of the group are unable to pick up kits at Color Test Pick Up Sites due to special circumstances. To request a large number of test kits to pick up from EH&S, please submit this form.



Additional Information, Questions, and Support
  1. For more information on Color’s COVID-19 test, please visit https://www.color.com/covid19-details

    Questions about your test kit? Contact mycovidtest@color.com or (844) 352-6567.

    Other questions about Stanford’s testing program? Fill out this form.

    Having issues registering with your primary Stanford email, please contact the University IT Service Desk at  650-725-4357 or by submitting an online ticket.

    Questions about the student testing program? Visit https://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/covid-testing

    Please note: Stanford’s Color testing program is not available for employee dependents. Attempts to add a dependent on Color’s testing platform now prompt an error message indicating this option is not available.



Using Rapid Antigen Tests
  1. FDA-approved or FDA-EUA rapid antigen tests can be used to follow university testing protocols that do not specifically require a Color (RT-LAMP) or RT-PCR test. Positive rapid antigen test results must be reported in Health Check.



Purchasing Rapid Tests by Units and Individuals
  1. The use of university funds to purchase rapid antigen tests for general distribution to employees, postdocs, or students requires approval from the VP/Dean of the unit, then University Policy Group approval. For more information, please fill out this EH&S Health Guidance form.

    The purchase of rapid antigen tests for COVID safety plans and testing protocols for visitors, events, and conferences is allowable and will be a reimbursable expense.



For questions related to Stanford’s response to COVID-19 or other health concerns, please fill out this EH&S Health Guidance form.


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