Families Frequently Asked Questions

What is SOAR?

Student Orientation And Registration (SOAR) is the time for you student to meet his/her Academic Department and receive their Fall Class Schedule.  The SOAR Family Program gives you a chance to learn about the opportunities for McMurry families and the support that is available to your student.

The SOAR program is $30 for guests 12 years and up, $10 for children 6-11 years, and free for children under the age of 5. Guests include parents, children, family members, friends, and others, excluding the student. This cost covers three meals while on campus and printed materials. All fees are nonrefundable.

Students pay a fall orientation fee that is billed to their account. Since this is a billed, they will not pay this amount during SOAR.

Easy—just fill out the registration form and pay online. Students may register online or request information be mailed to them. Each summer SOAR session is limited to the first 90 students and registration must be completed one week before the event. If you have further questions, please call the Office of Admissions at 325- 793-4700.

Child care will not be provided. Children over the age of 12 will be charged a $30 guest fee. Children 6-11 of age will be charged a $10 guest fee. Children under the age 5 are free.

Students will stay on campus in Martin Residence Hall. Families and guests may stay at a local hotel. McM Elegante, Hilton Garden Inn, Wyndgate by Wyndham offer discounted rates to guests of McMurry University.

You should bring pen, pencil, paper, and casual, comfortable clothes.

What should my student bring?

In addition to the above list, he/she should bring documentation for any AP credit, dual college credit, or TSI scores if applicable, as well as a completed health form.

Additionally, students will stay overnight in the residence halls. Below are important items to bring for their stay:

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

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, Hepatitis B series of three injections.

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

Your student will not have to take the placement test if their 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)

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

Office of the Registrar

1 McMurry University # 338

Abilene, TX 79697

Get additional information on Placement Test Policies.

Get the practice Math Test and answers.

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

College level Exam Placement testing is the most widely accepted way to receive college credit for knowledge you have already obtained. It is also called credit by examination. CLEP testing is offered by appointment, throughout the year. To inquire about current test fees or to register, please call 325-793-4880. Payment will need to be made to the McMurry Business Office prior to exam.