The 2017-2018 Influenza season was marked by the death of 80,000 Americans: the highest flu-related death toll in a decade. Further, the yearly economic toll to the US healthcare system and society is on the order of tens of billions of dollars. It is vital that we gain a better understanding of the dynamics of influenza transmission in order to prevent its spread. Viral DNA sequences examined using bioinformatics methods offer a rich framework with which to monitor the evolution and spread of influenza for public health surveillance. To better understand the influenza epidemic during the severe 2017-2018 season, we established a passive surveillance system at Arizona State University’s Tempe Campus Health Services beginning in January 2018. From this system, nasopharyngeal samples screening positive for influenza were collected. Using these samples, molecular DNA sequences will be generated using a combined multiplex RT-PCR and NGS approach. Phylogenetic analysis will be used to infer the severity and temporal course of the 2017-2018 influenza outbreak on campus as well as the 2018-2019 flu season. Through this surveillance system, we will gain knowledge of the dynamics of influenza spread in a university setting and will use this information to inform public health strategies.