Entry Testing Process - Upperclass Off-Campus Undergraduate Students

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Jeff Nelson


This message is being sent to all Duke undergraduates living off-campus this fall. 

August 9, 2021

Good morning,

The end of summer is quickly approaching, and so we're writing today to share more information about your return to Durham and Duke, specifically around entry testing. If you’re receiving this message, you are in our records as living off-campus this coming semester. If you believe this is an error, please contact the Housing and Residence Life team at housing@duke.edu.

All Duke students must complete an entry test for COVID-19 prior to the fall 2021 semester. If you are arriving in Durham prior to August 16, we strongly encourage you to complete your fall entry test between now and Friday, August 13. 

  • Sign up for an entry test here (before you return to Durham). Entry testing will be available Monday through Sunday in Penn Pavilion between 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. EST. 
  • Shortly before your appointment, we’ll email you a parking pass for the Card Lot, which you can use while you are being tested in Penn Pavilion (if you need it).
  • Complete your entry test at Penn Pavilion. When you do, your DukeCard will be reactivated and you’ll reenter the surveillance testing program for the fall semester. Remember to bring a mask to your entry test.
  • If you are arriving in Durham later, please note that after August 23, you will no longer need to sign up for an entry test appointment—entry tests will be available on a walk-in basis. For open hours and locations, visit the Duke United website

Like surveillance testing, you'll only be notified of your result if you test positive for COVID-19. If you don't hear anything, that means your test was negative. You can learn more about Duke's testing practices at the Duke United website


COVID-19 Vaccines
If you have not yet received your COVID-19 vaccination or do not have an approved medical or religious exemption, you'll be directed to check in with Student Health when you complete your entry test. (Beginning August 9, Student Health will be stationed in Penn Pavilion). Students have until Monday, August 23, to complete the university’s vaccination requirement. Failure to do so may result in the revocation of your campus access. More information about the vaccination requirement, which global vaccines can count towards meeting this requirement, and how to update your vaccination status can be found at the Duke COVID vaccine website

Mobile DukeCard
If you don’t have it already, we encourage you to get your Mobile DukeCard. Visit the DukeCard website for photo specs and to upload your photo online. Once your photo has been approved and you’ve completed your entry test, you can add your DukeCard to your iPhone or Android device. Detailed instructions are available on the mobile DukeCard site.  If you need a physical DukeCard in addition to the mobile DukeCard, you can visit the DukeCard office to obtain one. Instructions for setting up an appointment can be found on the DukeCard appointment site.

As a final reminder, all plans, processes, and guidelines—including testing processes, masking, and other protocols—remain subject to change based on the continually evolving pandemic landscape. Be sure to check out Duke’s COVID-19 website for information and updates. Thank you for your continued partnership in helping keep the Duke and Durham communities safer. 

Student Affairs