COVID-19 Testing for Students
MSU Student Testing Center
Montana State University offers COVID-19 testing to students free of charge at its Student Testing Center, located near the northeast corner of Bobcat Stadium.
Testing is available on weekdays for students who are
- showing symptoms of COVID-19 or
- in quarantine and seeking a test on their fifth day so they can released from quarantine on day seven.
Drive-through and walk-through options are available, with no referral or appointment needed.
- Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Friday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Test results are typically available through the patient portal within 30-60 minutes when run on our Quidel Sofia 2 antigen-based test system. In some cases, an individual may need to have a PCR-based tested which will be run at the MT state public health laboratory in Helena, and results will take 24-72 hours to return.
When the site is closed, please self-quarantine and return when it is open, or visit an off-campus test site. Non-MSU COVID-19 testing resources are listed by the Gallatin City-County Health Department.
COVID-19 travel testing is not offered at the MSU Student Testing Center, but canbe obtainedat Bozeman Health by following the instructions at this link:https://www.bozemanhealth.org/about-us/covid-19-information/covid-19-travel-testing/.
MSU's COVID-19 Self-Checker can help students determine whether testing may be appropriate and where to go for a test.
At-home tests available from federal government
As of Jan. 18, 2022, free at-home tests are available by request from the federal government. Each U.S. home can order four free kits by visiting covidtests.gov. The tests are rapid antigen tests that give results within 30 minutes without needing to be taken to a laboratory.
These tests are designed to be taken
- If you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.
- If it has been at least five days after you've been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.
- Or if you're going to gather with a group of people, especially those at risk of severe illness or who may not be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations.
For more information on at-home testing, refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s page about self-testing for COVID-19.
If an at-home test kit says you have COVID-19:
- Stay home and isolate yourself, following current CDC guidance.
- On-campus resident students: Contact the Student Housing office at 406-994-2661 to make arrangements to isolate yourself.
- All students: Call the Gallatin City-County Health Department at 406-548-0123 to inform them of your test result.
- Get in touch with your health care provider to let them know about your test result.
- Tell your close contacts that they have been exposed to the virus.
- If your illness becomes severe, seek emergency medical care immediately.
You've been tested. What comes next?
It may take some time for your test results to come back. What do you do in the meantime? What preparations can you make?
Please immediately call your residence hall front desk and inform them that you plan to seek a test so they can assist you with self-quarantine afterward.
Please pack a small bag of clothing, toiletries, your phone and laptop, charging cables and any prescription medications you may need before you head to the testing site as you will need to go into quarantine housing at the Res Life apartments after you are tested.
- Hannon/Quads - 994-2821
- Hapner - 994-3101
- Headwaters - 994-3131
- Hyalite - 994-3141
- Johnstone - 994-3481
- Langford - 994-3291
- North Hedges - 994-3131
- Roskie - 994-3581
- South Hedges - 994-3281
- Yellowstone - 994-2966
- Family Grad Housing - 994-3730
Last Updated: Jan. 18, 2022