COVID-19 Testing

The following testing locations are available for the campus community. Please note that the testing PODs will no longer be available.

Students who take advantage of on-campus testing will be entered into a biweekly raffle to win incentives (i.e. Apple Airpods, iPad, Apple Watch). More information will be posted soon.

263 Coates Hall

LSU Dining is offering 1,000 CC’s Coffee House vouchers to students tested at the Coates Hall Room 263 COVID-19 Testing Center. Vouchers may be used for one free tall drip coffee. The vouchers expire April 30, 2021 and are only valid at four on-campus locations—the Student Union, Business Education Complex, LSU Library and the LSU Law Center.

  • Hours of Operation:
    Weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Weekends 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Insurance is not required, but recommended
  • Please bring your LSU ID and insurance card, if applicable
  • Results can be expected within 48 hours

Directions to Room 263

Room 263 is located on the side of Coates closest to Tower Drive.

  • Enter Coates Hall on the side of Tower Drive/the Student Union.
  • Turn left at the first hallway.
  • Proceed down the hallway to take the stairs in front of you to the second floor.
  • Enter the double doors to the second-floor hallway.
  • Room 263 is located in the middle of the hall on your left.

  • Enter Coates Hall on the side of Tower Drive/the Student Union.
  • Turn left at the first hallway.
  • Proceed to the elevator bay on the right. Take elevator to the second floor.
  • Exit the elevator to your left on second floor.
  • Room 263 is located in the middle of the hallway on your left.

  • Enter Coates Hall on the side of Coates closest to David Boyd Hall, using the ramp to access the double doors entrance. Take a quick left, then a right down the hall until you reach the elevator.
  • Alternately, enter Coates Hall from Nicholson Hall ramp, then take an immediate right. Follow the signs to the COVID-19 testing center until you reach a new hallway. Turn right toward the elevator on the right side of the hall.
  • Take a right and go down the hallway to the elevator bay.
  • Exit the elevator to your left on the second floor.
  • Room 263 is located in the middle of the hallway on your left.

LSU Student Union

Site is operated by Louisiana National Guard

    • Hours of Operation: weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    • Insurance not required
    • Results can be expected within 72 hours

Please preregister at On-site registration will be available; however, pre-registration allows for express testing.

Test detects an active COVID-19 infection. It is a self-administered test using a nasal swab in the front of the nostril. 

To get results by phone, please call 1.866.697.8378. To get results through MyQuest, sign up for a MyQuest account at or download the MyQuest App.

Student Health Center

LSU students with symptoms should contact the Student Health Center to see a healthcare provider.

  • Hours of Operation:
    Weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Other Monitoring and Testing

Random Sentinel Testing

Random sentinel testing is a new testing program on campus this semester that seeks to identify and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus by randomly selecting a sample of students for testing in regular, two-week intervals. Sentinel testing is free for students and does not require health insurance. Students should watch their LSU email accounts on Fridays for a message in case they are selected for this required testing.

  • Testing will happen every other week on Mondays and Tuesdays. Location and times of testing will be included in the email students receive. Selected students will be able to schedule their preferred day and time for testing.
  • The test is simple and makes use of a saliva sample or a painless lower nasal swab.
  • All students who live or work on campus or have at least one on-campus or hybrid class will be eligible for selection.
  • If a selected student has COVID-19 symptoms, they should get tested through the Student Health Center rather than through the random sentinel testing program.
  • By participating in any testing on campus, including random sentinel testing, students’ names are included in a bi-weekly raffle for prizes including AirPods, iPhones, iPads, smart watches, gift cards, and LSU swag.

Wastewater Testing

  • LSU will continue to monitor the wastewater on campus. This has proven to be one of the most effective tools in monitoring the spread of COVID-19.
  • LSU will require those who are associated with spaces identified as having a high prevalence of COVID-19 to get tested.