COVID Screening Program

The main focus of asymptomatic testing (screening program) is to identify individuals who may be incubating infection, to isolate them promptly from the community, and initiate contact tracing to identify individuals who may have been exposed. While testing benefits the tested individual, our main public health objective is to reduce risk to the wider campus community.

SHS began utilizing the pooled testing option for Covid testing on Nov. 1, 2021. Pooled testing is the process of combining the specimens of saliva from multiple people (in the case of TCC, eight samples are pooled at once) and conducting one laboratory test on the combined pool of specimens to detect the virus. Pooled tests that return positive results will require each specimen in the pool to be retested individually to determine which individual(s) are positive. There is no expectation that using pooled techniques will reduce the efficacy of our screening program in any meaningful way.

Summer Testing Availability – Beginning Monday, May 16

COVID-19 saliva testing will be available at Tranquada, Pomona Walker Hall and Mudd Platt Center testing sites will be closed for the summer. Antigen testing for early release from isolation will be conducted out of SHS on an appointment only basis. Monday – Friday from 7:30am to 4:30pm (with no lunch hour closure over the summer). Closed Holidays: 5/30, 6/20, and 7/4.

Semester Testing Availability

Tranquada Center – NE Patio

Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30am – 4:30pm

Closed for lunch from 12:15pm – 1:15pm

Pomona College – Walker Hall

Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30am – 5:00pm

Harvey Mudd College – Platt Living Room (Southwest Corner)

Monday – Friday 7:30am – 4:30pm

Closed for lunch from 12:15pm – 1:15pm

Testing Location

The Claremont Colleges tests its students, faculty, and staff through three providers SHS, HBB, and HITL. Your institution and campus affiliation will designate which provider you test through. Please see the Testing Site Matrix below to determine your provider on campus.

See Testing Site Matrix

SHS testing matrix listing students eligible for COVID testing at SHS

Student Health Services (SHS) Testing Sites 

  1. Tranquada Center – NE Patio
  2. Pomona College – Walker Hall
  3. Harvey Mudd College – Platt Living Room (Southwest Corner)

Testing Process

Testing is being done using the University of Illinois’ ShieldT3 saliva PCR test. Test results will generally be available within 24 hours. Test results will be posted to an electronic portal that you will need to login to using your single sign on. If you consented, you will receive a text message notifying you when your results are available in the portal.

Anyone testing positive with the test will be presumed to have COVID-19 infection and asked to immediately isolate themselves, as per public health guidelines.

You will be contacted by the Contact Tracing department with further instructions and to determine whether you might have been in close contact with others while you were on campus. You will need to complete your isolation period and will not be allowed back on campus until you have been cleared by your primary care doctor (employees) or Student Health Services (students). After a laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19, you will be exempted from the COVID-19 screening program for a period of 3 (three) months.

ShieldT3 Saliva PCR Test

For the ShieldT3 Saliva PCR Test, you will provide a tube of saliva to test for COVID-19 infection.
Don’t eat, drink, chew gum or smoke within 60 mins of test—this can cause discoloration which would require you to retest. Saliva samples should be clear and filled to the proper volume. You will have to repeat the test if your tube has discoloration, mucus, or particles.

ShieldT3 Saliva PCR Test Video
Saliva Samples Diagram Here

saliva test good and bad samples

Test Results Electronic Portal

Test results will be posted to the Student Health Services portal at To see your test results, you will need to login to the portal using your usual single sign-on credentials. If you consented, you will receive a text message notifying you when your results are available in the portal. Contact your local IT support if you have questions about which credentials to use.

Screening Testing Eligibility

Screening testing eligibility is determined by each individual’s home institution. Student Health Services is conducting screening testing only for TCCS, HMC, KGI and CGU staff and faculty as well as for students of specified institutions. See testing site matrix below to determine your on campus testing provider. 

See Testing Matrix Here

Institutional Testing Policies

See these institutions policy pages for information on whether you are eligible and are required to participate in screening testing.