Western Michigan University and Grand Rapids Community College announced Monday a new deal between the schools to allow seamless transfers from the community college to the university's business program.

Under the new agreement, students can start out at GRCC, and then transfer to WMU to complete a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree. Students will be admitted to both GRCC and WMU their freshman year, and after meeting requirements of the program, will be admitted to WMU's Haworth College of Business their junior year.

GRCC says that more than 4,300 students transfer to four-year schools each year.

The agreement is said to guarantee that students who earn an associates degree at GRCC, with a minimum "C" grade in each class and a 2.5 GPA overall, will be admitted to WMU's Business Administration Program.

The agreement was worked out through the 2011-12 academic year. The first participants in the new program are expected to enroll in fall 2012.