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COVID-19 Testing Options

Testing Guidance - Spring 2023

COVID Response Center strongly recommends that employees, faculty, and students complete a COVID-19 test before returning to UC Merced.


Testing Options:

Self-Administered Antigen Tests: FREE antigen test kits are available for pick-up to students, staff and faculty at the following locations. (Due to limited supplies, you may only pick up 4 tests per month.)

  • Student Health Services (8:00am - 4:30pm)
    • Located on the second floor of the Health and Athletic Center
  • Classroom and Office Building 1 Ticket Office (8:30am - 4:30pm)
  • Granite Pass Ticket Office (8:30am - 4:30pm)
  • Campus Map of Distribution Points
  • UPDATE: *ACON Laboratories, Inc: Flowflex COVID-19 Antigen Home Tests have an expiration date that is extended by 9 months granted by the FDA on November 18, 2022.

You can also order free tests through USPS to be delivered to you.


Antigen Tests:


PCR Tests:

Please note that the asymptomatic saliva testing at UC Merced ended on May 18, 2022.  Please refer to the information that applies to you: