Primary COVID-19 testing site moves to Hilton Coliseum

Bronze statue of Johnny Orr in the registration area of the test

A bronze statue of former men's basketball coach Johnny Orr welcomes visitors to the registration area of the university's new COVID-19 testing clinic inside Hilton Coliseum. Photos by Christopher Gannon.

This week, the university's primary COVID-19 testing site for students, faculty and staff moved to Johnny’s lounge on the east side of Hilton Coliseum. In addition to expanding testing capacity -- with six registration tables and eight semiprivate testing stations -- the location also provides indoor comfort as the weather changes. Testing this summer at Thielen Student Health Center was in mobile units set up in the north parking lot.

Most ISU patients will have their test done at Johnny's. The exception is student patients at Thielen for whom testing is deemed necessary during an appointment.

Testing hours

  • Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon
  • Location: Johnny's, Hilton Coliseum

Before you go

Face coverings and appointments are required. Call 515-294-5801 (select option 9) or go to to schedule an appointment. A screening questionnaire needs to be completed prior to arriving at an appointment.

Those being tested should bring their ISUCard and email confirmation that they completed the questionnaire. Greeters will ask to see these at the doors.

Getting there

Those being tested should park on the east side of Hilton Coliseum; no parking passes are needed.

Individuals who are symptomatic should not use CyRide to travel to the testing site. But, for those who do arrive by bus, CyRide's Orange and Plum routes have added drop-off only stops: the south side of Stephens Auditorium on the Orange route and along University Boulevard on the southbound Plum route. Both are by request; these are not scheduled stops.

The Hilton testing site is available only to Iowa State students, faculty and staff. Others in the Ames community may use local health care providers or Test Iowa, which is operating a testing site in the research park three days a week (12:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday).


Medical staff completes a nasal swabbing on a client at the test

The testing clinic inside Johnny's at Hilton Coliseum has space for eight testing stations.