West Virginia University and West Virginia State University put pen to paper for a new partnership Thursday.
The new agreement is a two plus two arrangement for engineering.
Students will be able to spend two years at West Virginia State, then transfer to WVU for the remaining two years to complete their degree.
"Really the frame work for how we work together. Then we will determine majors, where we can cooperate together and develop. So the students clearly understand what they have to achieve in their first two years to transfer here to complete their engineering degree. So it's exciting from that point of view. Because it's a way for students to stay closer to home," said Gene Cilento, of the Statler College of Engineering at WVU.
The first dozen students will be able to enroll next fall.