Testing Center Hours

Alumni HouseUpdated 5/24/22

Testing Center Hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 6: 45 a.m. - Noon; 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Closed weekends

Please note that the Testing Center is closed from noon to 1 p.m. each day.


test tube with sample to be tested for covid

Updated 8/5/2022


Pre Arrival

  • All students are strongly encouraged to test before traveling to campus.  Students who test positive before arrival should not travel to campus and should alert the college of their positive test via the Self-Reporting Form. Information about how to report a positive pre-arrival result will be shared in future communication.

Upon arrival

  • Students will receive an antigen test that can be self-administered on arrival regardless of whether or not they are symptomatic. We will also have tests available for family members if they are helping their students move in and have any symptoms. Guests must be masked to enter residence halls.

During the semester

  • Beginning August 15, we will transition to symptomatic testing for faculty, staff and students. Weekly surveillance testing will no longer be required. 
  • We ask all members of the community to take responsibility for testing when they are symptomatic. Anyone in the community who wishes to test more frequently is welcome to do so, with tests available at the Testing Center. Testing is also recommended for anyone who is notified that they are a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or who has traveled extensively, particularly on public transportation.

Members of the community who test positive for COVID-19 should report their results to theCollege via the Self-Reporting Form.

Testing Platform

  • The College will transition to a new platform and interface for managing PCR test administration and results provided by Color. The Broad Institute, which created this partnership with Color, will continue to process the test samples in their lab.
  • More detailed information about how to get set up with Color will be provided closer to the transition date. Testing Center staff will be available to assist with the process.

close-up of someone opening a swab package to take a covid test

COVID-19 Dashboard

See the results of testing of Amherst College faculty, staff, and students who are being tested routinely on campus. The data are updated every weekday.

Broad Institute Lab Tour

November 2020

Take a video tour of the Broad Institute’s COVID-19 testing lab with scientists who explain the novel automation system for COVID-19 test processing.