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Testing Resources

Test kit pick up available Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm at Student Wellness Services South
1239 Arden Rd.

Collection Box located on the corner of Lloyd House, opens Tuesday at 8:10am and closes promptly on Thursday at 11:00 am.
February 09, 2024

Caltech students, faculty, postdocs, and staff members working on campus may participate in a free, voluntary community surveillance testing program, administered by UCLA SwabSEQ. This is a Covid-19 PCR diagnostic test. The program is supported by a California Department of Public Health grant to UCLA and is independent from Caltech.

Student Wellness Services (SWS) facilitates access to the testing kits and provide a collection sample drop-off box on campus. SWS is not involved in registering participants or recording individuals' results or program participation. UCLA SwabSEQ will report aggregate data (total tests and total positive cases) to the Institute.

Step 1:
Pick up an individual, self-collecting saliva test kit. (You may take up to 3 at a time).
Location: Student Wellness Services South: 1239 Arden Road Pasadena, CA 91106 (Just outside the front door).
Hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm

Test kit bin outside the front door of Student Wellness Services South

Step 2:
Follow the instructions located inside the test kit. Make sure to register your sample to receive test results.
(No eating or drinking 30 minutes to collecting your sample).

Step 3:
Deposit your sample at the collection box located on Olive Walk, located on corner of Lloyd House. The box opens on Tuesday at 8:10am and it closes promptly on Thursday at 11:00am.

Picture of collection box & info sign

Participants will be notified directly of both negative and positive test results through their preferred communication method, either email or text message, as indicated in their test kit registration. Members of the community who test positive must separately report their case to the Institute through the COVID-19 Reporting Application.

**Please allow 24-48 hours for results.

Note: Not recommended to participate if you have tested positive within the last 90 days.


All members of the campus community have access to same-day, symptomatic testing through Student Wellness Services. All students are required to report symptoms via the COVID-19 Reporting App.

Faculty, Postdocs, and Staff may request an appointment for symptomatic testing by calling (626) 395-6393. While testing capacity may be limited, appointments are available 9:00 am to 10:00 am and 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday. 

Mon - Fri
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
1239 Arden Rd.
Mail Code 1-8
Pasadena, California 91125
Fax(626) 585-1522