COVID-19 Update: Carolina Together Testing Program Summer Requirements

Old Well in springtime
View of the Old Well on April 13, 2021, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Dear Carolina Community,  

Today we are sharing the expectations for the Carolina Together Testing Program for the rest of the spring semester, including exit testing and revised center hours. We are also providing the guidelines for people who will be on campus during the summer, including re-entry testing and group testing requirements.  

First, we would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of the CTTP this semester. The centers and lab have been open for five months, and in that time, we have processed over an astounding 170,000 tests, and our asymptomatic positivity rate has remained below 1% all semester. Most recently it is 0.16% this week. Again, this is a testament to the commitment of our community to continue to get tested, as well as the hard work of the student volunteers, faculty and staff who have worked to keep the program going, and ultimately, our campus and local communities safer. 

Spring Expectations – Exit Testing 

We are headed into the final weeks of the Spring 2021 semester, and we encourage everyone to finish strong and build on this success. The COVID-19 Community Standards and testing requirements remain in place until you head home at the end of the semester. For the safety of those in your home communitiesplease make a plan to exit test at a CTTP center before you leave and limit your social interactions until you leave the community.  

The hours for the rest of the semester are below and on the Carolina Together testing pageMay 15 will be the last day for spring semester testing at a CTTP center. The centers and lab will be closed May 16-18 for maintenance and will reopen May 19. 

April 29-May 2 

  • Carolina Student Union  
    • Monday-Friday: 7 am-6 pm
    • Saturday: 11 am-2 pm
    • Sunday: CLOSED 
  •   CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio and UNC Ram’s Head Recreation Center
    • Monday-Friday: 9 am-6 pm
    • Saturday: 11 am-2 pm
    • Sunday: CLOSED 

May 3-15 

  • Carolina Student Union
    • Monday-Thursday: 7 am-6 pm
    • Friday: 7 am-2 pm
    • Saturday: 11 am-2 pm
    • Sunday: CLOSED 
  •  CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio and UNC Ram’s Head Recreation Center
    • Monday-Thursday: 9 am-6 pm
    • Friday: 9 am-2 pm
    • Saturday: 11 am-2 pm
    • Sunday: CLOSED 

 May 16-18 CLOSED 

 Summer Testing Guidelines – Requirements for Groups and Hours 

 The group testing requirements for the summer session are as follows: 

  • Group One: Twice a week required 
    • Undergraduate students living in on-campus housing
  • Group Two: Once a week required  
    • Undergraduate and graduate students living off-campus but taking in-person classes or teaching an in-person class (excludes health professions)
  • Group Three: Voluntary 
    • Any students, faculty and staff not included in the above groups 

Groups One and Two are required to participate in re-entry testing when returning or arriving to campus. Please make plans to visit the CTTP center as soon as you arrive and then limit your social interactions until you receive your test results. We are not requiring prior to arrival testing for the summer session. 

The Carolina Student Union testing center will be open for Summer Session starting May 19, and the hours through the summer will be: 

  • Monday and Wednesday: 9 am-5 pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday7 am-5 pm
  • Friday9 am-2 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED 

You can find more of this information on the Carolina Together testing page. 

We will communicate the testing program plans and requirements for Fall 2021 closer to the start of the semester. 

Thank you again to everyone who has made this semester and the launch of the CTTP a success. This community’s contributions to protecting themselves and others from the spread of the virus have proven that Tar Heels always rise to the challenge when they work together. 


The Carolina Together Testing Program Team