The College is proud to  partner with SHIELD Illinois to deploy a new COVID-19 surveillance testing program for spring 2021 semester. This program uses a highly accurate saliva-based test created by researchers at the University of Illinois. The tests are easy to administer and results are expected to be available within 24 hours. This will enable the College to increase its testing capacity and narrow the window for COVID-19 exposure by more quickly identifying and isolating positive cases. Participation in the College’s COVID-19 surveillance testing program is mandatory for members of the campus community who plan to physically come to campus for any reason or any length of time.


All students—both resident and commuter—are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result prior to returning to campus for the spring 2021 semester. More information about the College’s negative COVID-19 test requirement, including how to submit proof of your negative test, is available here.

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Surveillance testing is conducted among the broader campus community as a strategy to help monitor and contain the spread of the virus. By routinely testing sample groups of students, faculty and staff, the College can monitor the effectiveness of other campus-wide health and safety measures and identify increases in infection rates should they appear.

Weekly surveillance testing will be conducted throughout spring 2021 semester among students, faculty and staff. Individuals selected for weekly surveillance testing will be notified via email, at which point they will be provided with additional details regarding the testing process and will be able to schedule their individual testing appointment via their MySHIELDIllinois account.

  • From Week 1 through Week 8 of spring semester, surveillance testing will be conducted among a weekly sampling of 25% of residential students, 15% of commuter students, and 15% of faculty and staff.
  • The College will assess data and trends from the first eight weeks of the semester to inform the surveillance testing plan for Week 9 through the end of the semester. Any changes to the testing plan will be communicated when a decision is made.

Testing Site Location
COVID-19 testing during spring semester will be conducted on the first floor of the new Health Sciences & Engineering Building located at 160 E. Chicago Ave. As a reminder, there will be no walk-up testing. Testing will be available by appointment only and is only for members of the North Central campus community.


The College conducts ongoing COVID-19 testing for student-athletes and athletic staff participating in organized sports activities. This strategy is informed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), and the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) and is organized by the College’s athletic department in collaboration with the Dyson Wellness Center.

The frequency of testing for student-athletes and staff is based on each sport’s transmission risk categorization (high, medium, or low, per NCAA guidance), as well as whether or not a sport is in competition.


Testing Site Location

Health Sciences & Engineering Building
160 E. Chicago Ave.
First Floor

Testing Site Hours

View current test site hours here. Please note, hours are subject to change.


Members of the campus community seeking off-campus COVID-19 testing options can refer to this list.


If a member of the campus community reports a positive COVID-19 test, a North Central College contact tracer and case manager will, in collaboration with the DuPage County Health Department, work with the ill individual to identify and notify potential contacts.

Contacts will be informed to do the following:

  • Physical Contacts—anyone who had physical contact with the ill individual—will be instructed to get tested and to quarantine for 14 days;

  • Close Contacts—anyone who was within less than 6 feet of the ill individual for more than 15 minutes—will be instructed to get tested and to quarantine for 14 days;

Campus contact tracers and case managers will remain in touch with individuals who are in isolation or quarantine until they are cleared by a medical professional to return to campus.


If you have additional questions about the College’s COVID-19 testing process and protocols, visited the Frequently Asked Questions page.