Welcome to MTSU!

The transition into college can be a challenging one for all students. For students coming from a foster care situation or for those who have been living as independent minors or in homeless situations, it can be especially difficult simply because it is hard to know where to begin the journey or know who to turn to or trust. That is why Middle Tennessee State University, in conjunction with the Department of Children's Services, and the Tennessee Youth Advisory Council, created Next Step. Next Step provides additional support for our students coming from these difficult situations.

The keystone of Next Step is our group of student mentors. They are Next Step participants just like you who came from situations just like yours. Participants come back semester after semester to offer peer support and encouragement to our newest members. Simply put, Next Step brings students together to help one another.

There is no pressure to be involved in Next Step and your level of participation is entirely up to you. We have administrators on campus who would love to meet you and who are willing to help you in any way they can. As you navigate through our site you will find contacts for various areas to best suit your needs. 

We are glad to have you as a part of the MTSU family and look forward to meeting you! We welcome you to visit the mentor page to meet some of our current mentors.

Danielle Rochelle
Next Step Coordinator
MT One Stop