Frequently Asked Questions
- 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.
- How much does it cost to be involved?
All services provided to METS students are free. METS greatly appreciates any kind
of community support.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.