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Arrival Testing

WSU remains committed to containing COVID‑19 and protecting our communities.

Washington State University will implement a comprehensive COVID-19 testing program beginning in the Spring 2021 semester for WSU Pullman and WSU Health Sciences Spokane. This effort will identify and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in the WSU Pullman community as the university’s residential campus, the broader Pullman population, and students and faculty involved in clinical programs and patient subject research in Spokane.

All students living in Pullman are strongly encouraged to take advantage of arrival testing. Testing is just one way we can all help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and help #CougsCancelCOVID.

Pullman students required to take an arrival test:

Students living in university-owned housing

  • New residents will be tested during their designated move in time slot.
  • Returning students should plan to get tested within 2 days of returning to Pullman.
  • Students who have remained in Pullman should get tested at their earliest convenience. We anticipate testing wait times will be shorter at the beginning of the month.

Students who have on-campus employment

  • Student employees should work with their employers to identify the best date and time according to their work and training schedules.

Students who have in-person activities, classes or appointments, including athletic programs.

Students who plan to access any campus facilities such as dining centers, the Compton Union (CUB), the Chinook Student Center, recreation centers, classrooms, SPARK, etc. 

  • Students must show their myWSU Mobile app indicating they have completed the daily attestation AND taken part in arrival testing before accessing any university facility.

    Mobile App Indicators:
    • Green: Good to go. Both attestation and testing have been completed.
    • Yellow: Student has either attested or taken an arrival test. Both must be completed before access.
    • Red: Student needs to attest and complete arrival testing.

There will be an additional indicator for those with accessibility needs.

Although not required, Fraternity and Sorority Leadership has committed to arrival testing for their members.


Pre – Arrival Testing Information for Students

  • Print and enter the required information on the Arrival Testing Form. Students must wait to sign the consent form until they arrive at the testing site and present identification (e.g. CougarCard).
  • Students who do not yet have a CougarCard will need to upload a photo. They will be able to pick up their card during the arrival testing process.
  • Verify/update their address in myWSU to reflect current Pullman address.
  • WSU is covering the cost of COVID-19 tests for Pullman students. Students will not have any out-of-pocket costs for testing.
  • Students must complete the WSU Attestation the day they plan to take their COVID-19 arrival test.

Arrival Testing

  • Students will need their CougarCard and the Arrival Testing Form. You must wait to sign the Arrival Testing Form until instructed to do so by personnel at the testing location.
  • The test utilizes a nasal swab, which is less invasive and causes minimal discomfort. Your eyes may water or you may sneeze.
  • The arrival testing process should take less than 20 minutes; however, we anticipate longer wait times later in the month.

Post-Arrival Testing Information

  • Results are expected within 24-72 hours. Students should quarantine while awaiting results which includes limiting their exposure to others and only leaving their room for essential errands like getting food or to seek medical attention.
  • Students will be able to show they completed arrival testing using the myWSU Mobile App. It may take up to 24 hours for the indicator to update. A sticker will be provided to students who need access to dining centers until the app is updated.
  • All Pullman students should participate in the 10-day #CougsCancelCOVID Challenge, by committing fully to all health guidelines including mask wearing, hand washing, physical distancing and most importantly, limiting their exposure to others. This is the time to identify a ‘pod’ of people (no more than 5) and commit to only seeing that group. While we should be doing these things all semester, strictly committing to these behaviors for those first 10 days when arriving in Pullman can significantly reduce the spread of COVID-19 and potentially open more in-person opportunities.
  • Additional targeted, follow-up COVID-19 testing may be implemented if ‘hot spots’ are identified. Students will be individually notified if they need to take part in additional testing.

Arrival Testing Dates, Times, and Locations

January 4- 1212:00 (noon) – 5:00 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum (Orchard Drive Entrance)
January 138:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum (Orchard Drive Entrance)
January 14-188:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum (Orchard Drive Entrance)
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Adams Mall (Colorado Street Entrance) for Fraternity and Sorority Members. See below for details.
January 19-228:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m at Beasley Coliseum (Orchard Drive Entrance)
January 23Regular screening testing resumes (details TBA).

Any students experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have had known exposure to COVID-19, should not utilize arrival testing locations. Instead, they should call Cougar Health Services (509-335-3575) to arrange a diagnostic test.

Fraternity and Sorority Testing

Adams Mall (Colorado Street Entrance), 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
To reduce wait times, chapters have scheduled designated times for those who are able to participate. If chapter members are unable to go at their designated time, they can walk in during any of the available hours at the Beasley or Adams Mall locations.

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AcaciaPhi Gamma DeltaTheta ChiSigma Phi EpsilonPhi Kappa Theta
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Not all chapters have signed up for times. Members of those chapters should check in with their chapter leadership.

This website is not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be considered to be providing medical or legal advice. In all instances, you should consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances.