MIT recommends that students test for COVID-19 before arriving on campus

Students who test positive should email MIT to adjust their date of arrival

MIT Medical Director Cecilia Stuopis ’90 wrote in an Aug. 3 email to students that MIT “strongly encourages” students to take a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of coming on campus, preferably before arrival.

Though students are not required to report their results to MIT Medical, undergraduate students who test positive should email for support. For undergraduates living on campus, they should email with subject line “Arrival Date Adjustment” and write their new expected date of arrival.

Returning graduate students who test positive should email, and those living on campus should email with subject line “Arrival Date Adjustment” and include their new expected date of arrival.

Students who test positive must also follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines surrounding masking, isolating, and avoiding travel. 

MIT also recommends that students bring six to eight rapid antigen testing kits to campus. Students enrolled in the MIT Student Health Insurance Plan can receive test kits at no cost. Students can also seek free testing kits via their own insurance plans or by visiting

On campus, students can get tests from local pharmacies or pharmacy delivery services. However, MIT Medical does not carry rapid antigen tests.

Since March 2022, MIT no longer requires daily attestation, face coverings in most buildings, and regular testing for community members. Beginning July 2022, MIT no longer offers PCR testing to community members not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. In the fall, these policies will remain in place. Additionally, events are allowed on and off campus, Tim Tickets are optional for event guests, and food and drink can be served at events.

MIT has not announced any updates to its symptom or positive test reporting policies, which require community members to report both symptoms and positive test results through COVID Pass.