Families Frequently Asked Questions

SOAR-Student Orientation And Registration!

Student Orientation And Registration (SOAR) is a mandatory one-day event for all incoming First- Year students. SOAR is designed to help your student enroll in fall classes, complete Financial Aid paperwork, and help your student develop connections with peers and staff who will assist them in their academic and personal journeys.

The orientation fee that is billed to your students account covers their SOAR registration cost. However, if the enrollment deposit has not been made, it must be done before your student can attend SOAR.

There will be a charge of $30 for the guest who will be accompanying you during your SOAR event.

Easy—just fill out the Parent and Family Registration Form and pay online. Registration will open on April 1.

Each summer SOAR session is limited to the first 50 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.

While we understand the importance of developing a strong relationship with our incoming student families, we are asking that only 1 parent or family member attend the on-campus SOAR event with the student. This will help us keep you, your student, and the McMurry community safe as we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic.

We encourage parents and family members to engage in any Family Programs throughout Summer.

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.

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. Health forms will be available within the Pre-Orientation modules.

Placement testing is a tool to assist students in registering for the appropriate level of academic work. All placement exams will be completed in the Pre-Orientation modules.

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

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:

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 must be made to the McMurry Business Office prior to the exam.

In order to receive special accommodations for testing, your student 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 you 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.