Students Frequently Asked Questions

What is SOAR?

Student Orientation And Registration is the time to meet your Academic Department and receive your fall schedule.

How do I sign up for SOAR?

You may sign up online. If you would prefer information be mailed to you, please contact the Office of Admissions. Each summer SOAR session is limited to the first 90 students. If you have not made your deposit, you must do so before you can receive your class schedule. If you have further questions, please call the Office of Admissions at 325-793-4700.

How long is SOAR?

SOAR is a two-day orientation program. SOAR begins on Friday at either or 4:30p.m. with check-in (please refer to your confirmation letter for your correct check-in time). SOAR concludes on Saturday at 4p.m. Please make plans to stay for all of SOAR.

How much does it cost?

The SOAR and fall orientation fee is covered by your  Enrollment Deposit and is billed to your account. Since this is billed, you will not pay this amount during SOAR. There will be additional charges for family members when they register to attend.

What do I need to bring to SOAR?

At SOAR, you will be staying in one of our residence halls and rooming with another new McMurry student! The room comes with two beds (extra-long twin mattress), two desks, two chairs, two dressers and two closets. There is a sink in the room and you will share a bathroom with the two people next door.

Things you need to bring:

  • A pillow
  • A sleeping bag or sheets and a blanket
  • Towel and washcloth
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Something to take notes in to remember important stuff
  • Calculator

Should my parents or family come?

We encourage parents and families to attend. This gives them the chance to learn about the opportunities for McMurry families and the support that is available to you as a student. Your family will be receiving registration materials in the mail. We ask that you please limit your guests to two or three.

What should be included on my health form?

All students must provide a completed health form, TB Screening Questionnaire, and a current immunization record at the time of SOAR. In addition to the infant series of vaccines, students are required to have the following: Bacterial Meningitis shot within the last 5 years submitted before SOAR, Tetanus Booster within the past 10 years, two doses of MMR, and Hepatitis B series of three injections.

What is placement testing?

Placement testing is a tool to assist students in registering for the appropriate level of academic work. The following is a guideline that is used for placement testing:

SAT/ACT Sub scores

You will not have to take the placement test if your test scores are:

  • SAT Math: 560 or higher (Algebra placement test)
  • SAT Reading: 27 or higher (Reading placement tests)
  • SAT Writing and Language: 28 or higher (Writing, Composition placement tests)
  • ACT English: 19 or higher (Writing, Composition placement tests)
  • ACT Math: 23 or higher (Algebra placement test)
  • ACT Reading: 19 or higher (Reading placement test)

If you have to take the math placement test, please bring a calculator.

TSI/Accuplacer scores or concurrent/dual credit courses may also be used to be exempt from placement testing. Please mail any documentation to the Office of the Registrar or email to

Fill out my online form.

Office of the Registrar

1 McMurry University # 338

Abilene, TX 79697

What if I need special accommodations for the placement tests due to a disability?

In order to receive special accommodations for testing, you must first complete an Application for Disability Services. You must then provide adequate documentation of your disability from a qualified professional such as a licensed psychologist or a diagnostician who has evaluated yo within the last three years. This information must be received by the Disability Services Coordinator at least 2 weeks prior to SOAR. Download an application or call Disability Services at 325-793-4880.

Students who plan to register for classes at one of these sessions must attend all SOAR activities.  If you do not attend one of the SOAR sessions you will not be able to register for your fall classes until Friday, August 25th. Please contact the Office of Admission with any cancellations at 325-793-4700.

For More Information

Office of Admission
1 McMurry University #278