USA Universities Testing Strategies

Colleges are planning a wide range of testing strategies, ranging from frequent universal testing to no campus-based testing at all. Variation of approaches raises questions about equity.


Different colleges are planning a wide range of testing approaches this fall. Some are planning on twice-weekly testing of students or employees, while others have no plans to offer testing on the campus at all.

Such variations can be seen in microcosm across the University System of Georgia. Georgia Institute of Technology, a major STEM-focused research university, is offering free diagnostic testing for symptomatic faculty, students and staff and planning for surveillance testing that will allow it to test up to 1,500 asymptomatic students, staff and faculty a day. Meanwhile, Georgia Gwinnett College, a regional public baccalaureate-level university, does not offer testing on campus but advises students that it is available for free through the Georgia Department of Public Health and may also be available through their primary care physician or pharmacy.

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