Pittsburg State University inducted more than 358 students into the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society during a special ceremony at Pittsburg’s Memorial Auditorium. This is the first time the university has hosted a first-year national honor society on its campus.

“A student’s first year in college is so important and, for some, may be the most difficult as they adjust to campus life,” said Heather Eckstein, director of first-year programs at PSU. “It is important that we celebrate the hard work and scholarship of these outstanding women and men.”

The group of inductees was larger than might normally be expected, Eckstein said, because for its founding year at PSU, Phi Eta Sigma membership was open to any student who met the honor society’s requirements during their first college year.

Phi Eta Sigma requires its members to have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.