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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What exactly is the METS program?

    The MTSU Educational Talent Search (METS) is an educational college access program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. METS has 10 participating middle and high schools in Cannon, Coffee, Grundy, and Warren Counties. The program serves over 500 6th grade through 12th grade students who have been identified as having the academic potential to pursue education beyond high school and have applied and been accepted into the program.

  2. How much does it cost to be involved?

    All services provided to METS students are free. METS greatly appreciates any kind of community support.

  3. What kinds of activities does METS consist of?

    The METS program has talented and caring advisors who provide participants with academic tutoring, financial aid and college application counseling, study skills, personal counseling and ACT exam prep workshops, financial literacy training, and the opportunity to take special multicounty field trips. Additionally, the METS program offers students college campus tours to learn about programs of study, admission requirements, tuition, institutional scholarships and more.

  4. How long has the METS program been in existence?

    Since 2003. The original Educational Talent Search grant was written by Dr. Tom Cheatham, former dean of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences. Dr. Cheatham is very supportive of students with limited resources particularly those who are first generation college students.

  5. How often are the meetings? Where do they take place?

    There is a different meeting schedule for each of the 10 target schools. METS participants attend meetings at their assigned schools during regular school hours.  The METS advisor assigned to a particular school normally will post the meeting times for each grade level on this website and on the METS Facebook page and in the schools.  METS meetings are sometimes cancelled or rescheduled due to inclement weather, METS staff activities, or changes to the target school schedules due to unforeseen circumstances. METS staff members post typically post these changes on Facebook and/or at the school and text/email participants.

  6. How can I be a part of this program?

    Students interested in becoming METS program participants must complete and submit an application. METS application forms can be obtained directly from the METS advisor assigned to the student's school and from the guidance office in some target schools. Students who are accepted into the program are required to regularly attend METS lessons and meet with their METS advisors individually, as needed.  METS students are also required to maintain a grade point average (GPA) predetermined by the METS program staff.  METS students typically maintain a GPA of 2.5 and higher with many achieving academic honors.  Once a student has been admitted into the METS program, he or she will continue to receive services through high school graduation pending the following: funding of the grant, active participation in the program on the part of the student and acceptable academic performance.