Spring Entrance Testing

Need a vaccine? Learn how to get your shot at Vaccinate.Virginia.gov or call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Language translation available, TTY users dial 7-1-1.

Residential students must complete a COVID-19 test and receive a negative test result before returning to campus in January. Test kits are COVID-19 PCR swab saliva, with the same reliability as tests used for on-campus asymptomatic surveillance and at-will testing.

Note: Students experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or those who have been exposed to someone testing positive for COVID-19, must contact Student Health Services by calling 804-MYCOVID (804-692-6843) for more information about testing options and next steps

How To Take The COVID-19 Test 

Check VCU email and log into Kallaco

Residents will receive an email from noreply@kalla.co with instructions on how to sign-up for a test kit with Kallaco. Students who have never created a Kallaco account will receive additional instructions on how to create a Kallaco Account.

Forgot Password: Students who have a Kallaco account but have forgotten their password may reset their password by visiting vcu.kalla.co/Identity/Account/ForgotPassword.

Update mailing address by completing the virtual assessment

Once logged into their Kallaco accounts, students should click "Confirm Your Order" to complete the Virtual Assessment. Toward the end of the assessment, students will be asked for demographic information, including the address where their test kit will be mailed. This task must be completed for test kits to be mailed. 

Take the COVID-19 Test

Residents will receive their COVID-19 self-administered test by mail. Upon receiving the test kit, students should follow all provided directions and will need to administer and mail their tests back to the lab. To learn how to administer the COVID-19 Entry Test watch the COVID-19 CRL Clear How-To Video.  The test kit includes packaging and an overnight FedEx label for residents to mail their test kit. To locate a FedEx dropbox, please visit fedex.com/locate.

Test results posted in Kallaco

Residents will receive a notification to their VCU emails when their test results are posted to their Kallaco account. Turnaround times for test results will vary depending on volume but should be posted to accounts within three to five business days of receipt by the lab.

If a resident tests positive for COVID-19, they should immediately isolate and contact Student Health Services by calling 1-804-MYCOVID or 1-804-692-6843 to discuss the next steps.


How do I know if I have a Kallaco account?

You should have a Kallaco account if you participated in mandatory entry testing for residential students at the beginning of the fall semester, exit testing before the Thanksgiving break, or asymptomatic prevalence or at-will testing during the fall semester. You can log into your account with your eid@vcu.edu (not eid@mymail.vcu.edu) at vcu.kalla.co/Identity/Account/Login.

If you have a Kallaco account but forgot your password and need to reset it, visit vcu.kalla.co/Identity/Account/ForgotPassword.

If you did not participate in any of the testing types referenced above and are new to Kallaco, you should have received an email by Dec. 28 from noreply@kalla.co with instructions for setting up your Kallaco account and signing the testing agreement.

What should I do if I don’t have a Kallaco account and didn’t receive instructions from Kallaco about setting up my account?

Email vcu_support@kalla.co for assistance.

Can the COVID-19 Entry Test Kits be mailed to an international address?

No, test kits can only be mailed to valid US addresses. Residents who are outside the United States during the mailing period for test kits should contact VCU Housing at vcuhousing@vcu.edu to discuss their specific situation.

Do I have to use the self-administered test kit provided by VCU? Or can I get a COVID-19 test and send results another way?

You must use the VCU-provided test kit because we are only able to track results through this process. However, you can take the kit to your doctor and have them do the sampling if you prefer, but you are responsible for sending the kit via FedEx for testing. 

Can I track my test kit?

Yes, the FedEx tracking information is available in your Kallaco account.

My test kit arrived damaged. What should I do?

Immediately contact vcu_support@kalla.co for assistance.

How long does it take for my test results to be available?

Your test results will be posted to your Kallaco account within three to five business days of receipt by the lab. Once posted, you will receive an automatic email notification stating that they are available.

I received a rejected test result. What should I do?
Email vcu_support@kalla.co to confirm that a new test kit will be overnighted to you. Tracking information for the new kit should be posted to your Kallaco account.

What type of COVID-19 test is the Spring Entry Testing?

Entry test kits will contain saliva-based PCR tests approved for self-administration. Saliva tests are easy and comfortable to perform and do not require a clinician to administer. 

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