Testing Information

COVID-19 testing is a requirement this semester and your on-campus privileges depend on you showing up for all of your tests.

Testing Program Overview

As mentioned in the Campus Guide, Bowdoin College has developed a testing protocol in partnership with the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that is central to our return-to-campus plan. Per the Campus Community Agreement, students must comply with Bowdoin’s COVID-19 testing.

Test attendance will be tracked throughout the semester, and students will be allowed one unexcused missed test. A student who misses three additional COVID-19 tests without prior written 
authorization will effectively opt out of the testing protocol and forfeit their on-campus privileges, including physically living on campus, and will move to remote learning for the remainder of the semester. 

Please note:

  • Within 24-48 hours after your PCR test your results will be available on-line. Follow the steps outlined here to retrieve your results from the Broad Institute.
  • Missed tests must be made up the following testing day.
  • If you miss your make-up test, that will count as yet another missed test.
  • It is your responsibility to be mindful of the testing center's hours of operation on any given day, including any changes due to weather.
  • And again, remember, after one unexcused missed test and three additional missed tests, you will effectively be opting out of the testing protocol and forfeiting your on-campus privileges.

To learn about how to do your Broad PCR test, please watch this 90-second video:

February 15–26 Plan

Students will complete a Broad PCR test every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at Morrell Gym. No registration required; simply show up anytime during the testing center’s hours of operation (7:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.).

March 1–April 11

Students will complete two Broad PCR tests every week with their testing cohort:

  • Cohort 1: Tests on Mondays and Thursdays in Morrell Gym. No registration required; simply show up anytime during the testing center’s hours of operation (7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.).
  • Cohort 2: Tests on Tuesdays and Fridays in Morrell Gym. No registration required; simply show up anytime during the testing center’s hours of operation (7:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.).

April 12—Updated Remainder of the Semester Plan

Students will complete three Broad PCR tests every week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. No registration required; simply show up anytime during the testing center’s hours of operation (7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).

Daily Symptom Tracking—CampusClear 

Bowdoin community members will use a symptom tracker, CampusClear, for self-reported symptom screening. Students residing on campus will complete a daily survey prior to leaving their residence halls and will receive direction from Health Services if symptoms are reported. Additional information about symptom tracking and CampusClear:

Suggestions for Testing Success

  • Spend some time building your intended testing times into your schedule for the semester. You get to pick when you test, so aim to get tested at the beginning of the day (before your first class, or before lunch) so you don’t have to worry about it the rest of the day.
  • Set a recurring alarm on your phone for your testing days (with sound—don’t trust silent notifications!). Set a second alarm for 30 minutes before the Testing Center closes to remind yourself, in case you forgot to go earlier.
  • Make a plan with a friend with the same testing schedule to be each other’s “accountabilibuddies.”
  • Create a testing checklist: remember you will need to blow your nose ahead of time to minimize the chance of an invalid test; you’ll also need your CampusClear badge (on your mobile device) and don't forget to bring your Bowdoin ID to check into the testing center.