Students Frequently Asked Questions

Student Orientation And Registration!

It is an expectation that all incoming freshman attend SOAR . McMurry SOAR is designed to welcome new students and their families to the University. While at SOAR, you will have the opportunity to meet current faculty, receive advising, enroll in fall classes, and develop connections with students and staff who will assist you in your academic and personal journey. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to complete your Financial Aid paperwork, secure campus housing, take your student ID picture, and take placement exams (if applicable).

You may sign up online through the  Student Registration Form. Each summer SOAR session is limited to 90 students, and registration is first-come, first-served. Registration closes one week before each event.

SOAR is a two-day orientation program. Check-in begins on Friday at either 11:30 a.m. or 4:30 p.m. For your check-in time, refer to your SOAR checklist, which will be mailed approximately four weeks prior to your session. SOAR concludes on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Please plan to stay for the entire event.

The orientation fee that is billed to your student account covers your SOAR registration cost. However, if you have not made your enrollment deposit, you must do so before you can attend SOAR.

There will be additional charges for family members if they register to attend.

Adults: $30

Children (Ages 6-11): $10

Children (Ages 5 and under): Free

At SOAR, you will be staying in one of our residence halls and rooming with another new McMurry student.

Things you need to bring:

  • 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.)
  • Calculator (for students who are testing—no cell phones will be allowed)

We encourage parents and families to attend so that they can learn about the opportunities for McMurry families and the support that is available to you as a student. We ask that you please limit your guests to no more than three.

Don’t forget to  register your family and guests!

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:

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, 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 23rd. Please contact the Office of Admission with any cancellations at 325-793-4700.

For More Information

Office of Admission
1 McMurry University #278