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 families 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.

We ask that you please limit family registrations to no more than three individuals. 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, Courtyard by Marriott, Wyndgate by Wyndham offer discounted rates to guests of McMurry University.

Your student should bring documentation for any AP credit, dual college credit, or TSI scores if applicable.

Below are additional important items to bring for their stay:

  • Final official high school transcript
  • Completed health form
  • Completed tuberculosis screening questionnaire
  • Medical insurance card
  • Notebook and pen or pencil
  • Pillow
  • Sleeping bag or extra-long twin sheets and a blanket
  • Towel and washcloth
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Students taking the math placement test must bring a calculator. Cell phones will not be allowed

o All students must provide a completed health form, tuberculosis screening questionnaire, and a current immunization record before SOAR. Students are required to have the following included in the immunization record: bacterial meningitis shot within the last five years, tetanus booster within the past 10 years, two doses of MMR, and the three-injection series for hepatitis B, along with the infant series of vaccines. For more information, contact Ronda Hoelscher at 325-793-4857 or

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:

Algebra Placement Writing, Composition Placement Reading Placement
SAT (2016) Math: 560 or higher SAT (2016) Writing and Language: 28 or higher  SAT (2016) Reading: 27 or higher 
ACT Math: 23 or higher ACT English: 19 or higher ACT Reading: 19 or higher

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 for exemption from placement testing. Please submit any documentation to the Office of the Registrar using one of the following methods:

Click here to submit documentation online.

Mailing address for documentation:
Office of the Registrar
1 McMurry University #338
Abilene, TX 79697

Email address for documentation:

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 for Disability Services 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.