Students will receive several different reminders for weekly asymptomatic testing. Below is a sample of the first message.

Bottom Line Up Front:

  • You have been selected for mandatory COVID-19 testing as part of Wake Forest University’s testing program. Details are available on the Our Way Forward website.
  • The test is required and will be administered on campus at no cost to you.
  • Please schedule your test as soon as possible through the BioReference portal.

Testing Program

  • To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Wake Forest will randomly test 1,000-plus asymptomatic students each week. With Wake Forest’s small student body, this increases the odds that students will be selected for testing multiple times during the semester.
  • Wake Forest has partnered with BioReference Laboratories to administer these tests.
  • Scheduling your test with BioReference will take about five minutes, and administering the test on your scheduled day will take about 15 minutes.

Getting Your Test

  • Where: Parking for students getting tested is available in Parking Lot X (see map), located at the corner of Wake Forest Road and Carroll Weathers Drive and across the street from the Worrell Professional Center. Testing will take place in the former Museum of Anthropology (No. 29 on the campus map).
  • How: BioReference will use a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test utilizing anterior nares (nasal swab) collection. The swab is taken from the front of the nostril only and has been described as the least invasive of the different types of nasal swabs.


  • Exemptions are limited to students experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, students that are in quarantine or isolation for COVID-19, students with documented acute medical conditions, and students that do not reside within a 45-mile radius of the Wake Forest University Reynolda Campus. No other exceptions will be made.
    • If you are currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have other medical concerns, see this page for information about next steps.
    • You must submit your request for an exemption via this form.
    • You are required to get tested when notified, even if you have been tested recently, have been vaccinated or have had a prior positive COVID test result. Those failing to comply will be subject to sanctions through the Student Code of Conduct process, including removal from on-campus housing, and/or suspension or expulsion.
    • If you have had a positive COVID test within the last 90 days, you need to submit a Rescheduling Form and indicate you have been positive within the last 90 days.


  • Answers to frequently asked questions are available on the Our Way Forward website, which includes a link to the exemption request form and the steps to view your results.
  • The Wake Forest University Call Center is open weekdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. EST at 336-758-7500, or you can submit questions through the Our Way Forward website.
  • Students who require disability-related accommodations to complete COVID-19 testing should email


  • Information on how to view your results, as well as what to do if you test positive, is available here.