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Testing Before Returning

Testing Before You Return to Campus

In light of the continued rise in cases of COVID-19 across the country, and to best preserve the collective health and safety of our community, we are announcing a change for your return to campus.

Franklin Pierce will now require all Rindge residential students to obtain a negative PCR COVID-19 test within seven (7) days of their scheduled move-in appointment or seven (7) days before the first day of class for commuting students. We are eliminating the option to shelter in place pending test results. To return to campus, you must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 7 days of your return.

If you are scheduled to move-in on January 24, the test must be taken on or after January 17. For move-in on January 25, the test must be taken on or after January 18, and for move-in on January 26, the test must be taken on after January 19. Commuter students must be tested on or after January 20 for on-ground instruction starting January 27.

The PCR Test results must clearly show the student’s name, the date the test was administered and show a negative result. Antigen test results will not be accepted.

You should make every effort to secure a COVID-19 test. In an effort to support students who are unable to secure a test, students who are able to drive to the Rindge campus safely can schedule a PCR test on campus during designated time slots Sunday, January 17th through Thursday, January 21st. The cost of this test is covered by Franklin Pierce and is available to all residential and commuter students. Upon completing testing, students must immediately leave campus to await results. 

On-Campus PCR Testing Sign-up for Residential Students
On-Campus PCR Testing Sign up for Commuter Students

Additionally, students will be tested at the beginning of the semester and randomly throughout the spring.

As a reminder, we have partnered with a new vendor for COVID-19 testing for the spring semester, Broad Institute, so all students will be required to complete a new testing Consent Form. Please have your Consent Form printed and completed upon arrival.

Please Note: Any student who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the 90 days prior to return to campus will not be required to have a negative test before return, but must provide documentation that clearly outlines the date of their positive test and be approved by the Director of Health Services, Erica Peery, for return to campus. Any student who tests positive within 14 days prior to arrival on campus should contact Health Services and gain specific approval to return to campus. Until approval is received, do not return to campus.


Please fill out the following forms and bring them with you.

Self-quarantine prior to arrival on campus

We ask that you self-quarantine at home for 14 days prior to coming to campus. Please limit all unnecessary contact with anyone outside of your immediate family and do not travel if possible. We expect that all students also wear a face mask and abide by social distancing guidelines when interaction with others is required during this period.