COVID-19 Testing for Universities

Prepare for a safe return to campus.
Prevent COVID-19 outbreaks with pre-arrival testing and population screening that’s cost-effective and easy to administer.

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Read our latest recommendations for safe campuses.

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Fully integrated testing programs

Color’s COVID-19 testing programs include software, logistics, best practices, and communication tools.

Automated infrastructure
Designed for large-scale, distributed testing

Intuitive, HIPAA-compliant software
Simplifies sign-up, scheduling, and reviewing results

Fast, accurate results
99% of results are returned within 24 hours of receipt at our lab1

Protect your campus with pre-arrival testing

Reduce the risk of COVID-19 cases on campus by ensuring everyone has negative test results prior to arrival.

Testing from home
Students collect self-swab samples at home and ship them to the lab

Automated communications and reminders
Remind students and staff to activate their kits and take their tests

Auto-release results
Results are automatically sent to participants, university health services, and mandatory authorities

How does it work?

1. Order test kits

You’ll get Color software and everything you need.

Distribute test kits on campus, or for pre-arrival testing, send test kits to students at home.

2. Get automatic reminders

We’ll help students remember to take their tests.

Color helps keep students in compliance by automatically sending SMS text reminders.

3. Students collect test samples

Color’s self-swab test kits are comfortable and easy to use.

Participants enter the test kit’s unique barcode number into Color’s software. Completed tests ship to the lab in a prepaid FedEx return package.

4. Get results

Participants get text and email links to a secure results page.

Results are automatically sent to participants, university health services, and mandatory authorities. Most results take less than 24 hours.

5. Monitor campus health

Color dashboards help you keep your campus safe.

Protect your campus community by staying ahead of outbreaks and isolating positive cases.

Color is a trusted leader in COVID-19 testing

Color works with hundreds of businesses, universities, and state and local governments to build simple, effective COVID-19 testing programs. Our self-swab test kit received an FDA Emergency Use Authorization in September 2020, and our CLIA-accredited and CAP-certified laboratory returns results quickly and accurately.

6 million

COVID-19 test results through Color’s software


partner organizations have built testing programs


of results returned within 24 hours

“Color allowed UCSF to substantially increase its COVID-19 testing volume by making the test kits easy to get, the specimen easy to collect, and the test results quickly processed and returned.”

Ralph Gonzales, Chief Innovation Officer, UCSF Health

In the media: Color partnering with universities

UCSF Contracts With Color to Expand Access to Free COVID-19 Testing for Employees and Students

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University of Southern California Student Health to Expand daily Virus Testing

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Northwestern University administers Color winter COVID-19 testing, students talk experiences

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Saint Joseph’s University expands COVID-19 testing strategy

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Testing frequency, participants, etc.

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Our team will be in touch soon. In the meantime, here are some helpful links:


1. Color Genomics, Inc. Turnaround time by Collection Batch (July 2020). Burlingame, CA: Color Data Science.