UCI Forward

UCI Forward is our commitment to the well-being of our community as we ramp up campus operations. Working together, each of us doing our part, we can move UCI Forward.

Returning to campus: Students

Important requirements and information for students returning to campus

The following page highlights important information for students arriving this fall. All students living on campus are expected to comply with personal health and wellness measures. 

Student FAQs

For general questions regarding Fall 2020, please refer to our Student FAQs. This page is being regularly updated to reflect campus operations, information on instruction and housing as well as the latest advice from county, state and federal authorities.

Student COVID-19 Testing

A key aspect for maintaining a healthy Anteater community this Fall is the need to test all students currently on campus, as well as those arriving on campus. Further, as a condition to remain on campus, all students will be tested on an on-going basis. This is a necessary precaution to help control the spread of the coronavirus and maintain the health of the campus community.

Testing Basics

What: Tests will be self-administered using a nasal swab, with instructions from an observer.
When: Testing will be weekdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. starting on Wed., September 9. Appointments will be made in 10 minute intervals.
Where: Tests will be administered in two outdoor locations – (1) in Verano Place, behind the housing office, and (2) in Plaza Verde (ACC), in the main courtyard outside the leasing office.

Please do not bring any guests with you to your test appointment, unless absolutely necessary.

The entire process should take approximately 15 minutes.

For more information and what you should expect during your test appointment, visit https://uci.edu/coronavirus/students/testing.php.

Important Notes

  1. Currently, we are testing students only. If you have family members or dependents that want to be tested, please refer to the following county test sites found on this website.
  2. If you have a disability that prevents you from taking a nasal swab test, please contact the Student Health Center at 949-824-5301.
  3. You will receive an email reminder 24 hours prior to your appointment. In addition, a text reminder will be sent one hour prior to the appointment IF you have opted in to receiving text messages on the portal.
  4. We urge you to do your best to keep your appointment. However, if you need to cancel your appointment after it has been confirmed, please return to the “Appointments” page on the portal Student Health Patient Portal; select the appointment that you’d like to cancel; click “Cancel” and then select another appointment date and time as soon as possible.

Influenza Vaccine

To support the health and well-being of UC students, faculty and staff and our communities, the University of California, in consultation with UC Health leadership, has issued a systemwide executive order (PDF) requiring all members of the UC community to receive an influenza immunization before Nov. 1, 2020.

Information about the mandatory flu vaccine requirement can be found on the Student Health Center website

For a list of UCI-specific student FAQs on the flu vaccine, visit https://uci.edu/coronavirus/students/flu-faq.php


For information about expected changes for fall 2020 as they are determined, please visit the Admissions FAQ page and the Student Housing FAQ page.

For what to expect during Move-In, please view the video by Student Housing below or click to watch here.