Frequently Asked Questions
What is SOAR?
Student Orientation And Registration is the time to meet our advisor to discuss your fall schedule and register for classes.
How do I sign up for SOAR?
You may sign up online at http://www.mcm.edu/newsite/web/students/soar.htm. If you would prefer information be mailed to you, please contact the Office of Admissions. Each summer SOAR session is limited to the first 75 students. If you have not made your deposit, you must do so before you can register for classes. If you have further questions, please call the Office of Admissions at (325) 793-4700.
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 sleeping bag or sheets and a blanket
Towel and washcloth
Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
Something to take notes in to remember important stuff
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 including 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 at least 10 days before SOAR, Tetanus Booster within the past 10 years; two doses of MMR; TB skin test within the past one year; 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: 530 or higher (Algebra placement test)
SAT Critical Reading: 490 or higher (Reading placement tests)
SAT Writing: 490 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.
(AP credit, THEA scores or concurrent/dual credit courses may also be used. Please mail any documentation to the Office of Admissions.)
Additional information on Placement Test Policies can be downloaded at: http://www.mcm.edu/newsite/web/placement_testing/pdf/Presparation_for_Placement_tests.pdf
A practice Math Test and answers are available at: http://www.mcm.edu/newsite/web/placement_testing/pdf/SOAR_Math_Placement_Practice_Problems.pdf
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. You may download an application from the website at http://www.mcm.edu/newsite/web/students/ disabilities.htm or call Disability Services at 325-793-4880.
What is CLEP?
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 325-793-4620. Payment will need to be made to the McMurry Business Office prior to exam.
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 24. Please contact the Office of Admission with any cancellations at (325) 793-4700.