COVID-19 Evaluation and Testing

Student Health Services provides evaluation, diagnostic testing, and healthcare for students who experience symptoms of COVID-like illness or who may have been exposed.

Symptoms of COVID-19

Symptoms of COVID-19 include, but are not limited to:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose

If you are showing any of these emergency warning signs of COVID-19, seek emergency medical care immediately:
Trouble breathing
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
New confusion
Inability to wake or stay awake
Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

This list does not include every emergency symptom. Call your healthcare provider to discuss any other severe or concerning symptoms.

3 steps if you have symptoms of COVID

If you have symptoms, get a COVID test, even if you have been vaccinated. Contact a healthcare provider if you have concerns about your symptoms. If Student Health is closed, you can follow phone prompts to connect with the free nurse advice service.

Step 1Stay home or in your residence hall room. Separate yourself from others (isolate). Wear a face mask if you must be around others.

Step 2 Get tested for COVID as soon as possible.

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To schedule a COVID test with Student Health Services

Schedule a COVID testing appointment online in the Patient Portal. If there is not an appointment available the same day or within 1 day, call Student Health (703-993-2831). After hours, follow prompts to reach the free nurse advice service.

For online scheduling:

  • Log into the Patient Portal.
  • Select “Appts” in the navigation menu.
  • Click “Rivanna Module – Residential Students – ONLY for Residential Students who are sick” under Locations.
  • Select the same-day or next day and select an open appointment time.
  • If no available online appointments, call Student Health Services.


Call Student Health Services at 703-993-2831 to speak with a nurse about symptoms and for testing options. After-hours, follow prompts to reach free nurse advice service.

Step 3 Continue to isolate & wear a mask around others until you receive your test results. Residential students should call Student Health (703-993-2831) to report a positive self-test or off-campus test.

Call Student Health Services (703-993-2831) if you have additional concerns about symptoms and/or exposure.

Student Health COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing

By appointment only.  Student Health provides rapid point-of-care and PCR testing (nasal swab) for current COVID-19 infection at the on-campus Diagnostic Testing Site. Diagnostic testing is for students who are symptomatic. Follow instructions for scheduling in Step 2 above.

There is no out-of-pocket cost for COVID testing for students, including those who do not have health insurance.

Not near campus? Your provider can refer you to a local testing location.

George Mason Courtesy & Self Selected On-Demand Testing for Asymptomatic Students

Asymptomatic students (students who do not have symptoms of illness) who are concerned about a possible exposure are eligible to receive a COVID test at an on-campus surveillance testing site. Vaccinated close contacts are also eligible to be tested as directed. These sites are not managed by Student Health Services.

Asymptomatic students do not need to call Student Health to seek this testing. Visit the SEERM website for more details about surveillance testing.

Click here to visit to order free at home covid tests this winter.

COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments

COVID-19 vaccines are free and available to everyone age 6 months and older. Mason vaccine clinics provide primary series and booster vaccination and are open to those ages 12 and older.

Vaccination at Mason