Testing Overview

Travelers, please note: All Cornell testing sites will be closed during the holiday weekend of May 28-30. Testing will resume May 31 at Willard Straight, East Hill and the College of Veterinary Medicine, and will continue to operate through the summer. Results are usually available the next day but this may change due to high demand. There is no expedited service for travelers so you should seek alternate test locations for time-dependent needs. Cornell is no longer able to provide travel service for entry requirement and students are responsible for their own arrangements.

Cayuga Medical Center continues to provide testing and travel documents. See their FAQs for specific instructions on pre-travel testing. PCR and antigen tests are also available locally at Walgreens, CVS, Walmart and WellNow Urgent Care. Many airports also have on-site testing, including JFK, Laguardia, Newark, Philadelphia, Dulles International and Reagan National.

Cornell makes a variety of COVID-19 testing options available to all students, faculty and staff:

  • Supplemental testing is available on an as-needed basis to all asymptomatic individuals and is highly recommended following return from travel.
  • Antigen test kits are available to individuals who are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 at any of Cornell’s test sites. Cornell urges students, faculty and staff to use supplemental testing or antigen test kits before and after travel.
  • Symptomatic test kits are available for anyone experiencing mild to moderate symptoms suggestive of COVID-19.

Testing requirements may change based on emerging public health data and guidance.

Testing Locations & Hours (through May 27)

Information about testing, including scheduled tests, can be found in the Daily Check. Note: PCR testing will be closed during the holiday weekend of May 28-30.

  • College of Veterinary Medicine, Atrium Alcove:
    • Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • East Hill Plaza, Human Resources Training Room, Suite 345:
    • Monday to Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
  • Robert Purcell Community Center, Multipurpose Room, Room 218:
    • Monday to Thursday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Friday 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Willard Straight Hall, Browsing Library, 4th Floor:
    • Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Wednesday, May 11: CLOSED for Slope Day

Commencement Weekend Testing (May 28 & 29)

Antigen test kits (no PCR testing) will be available only for members of the Cornell community at the East Hill Plaza and Willard Straight Hall testing sites from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on May 28 and 29. All Cornell testing sites will be closed on May 30.

Summer Testing Locations & Hours (beginning May 31)

All testing sites are closed on Saturdays and Sundays during summer.

  • College of Veterinary Medicine, Atrium Alcove:
    • Monday to Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • East Hill Plaza, Human Resources Training Room, Suite 345:
    • Monday to Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
    • Friday 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Robert Purcell Community Center, Multipurpose Room, Room 218:
    • Tuesday, May 31 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. ONLY
  • Willard Straight Hall, Browsing Library, 4th Floor:
    • Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Friday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.