I'm currently finishing up my BA in English with the University of Maryland University College, mostly through their distance education program. I've maintained a 3.73 GPA despite being active duty Air Force and being sent to the boonies on a fairly regular basis. I'll be graduating next May, and while asking the registrar about various issues, I found out that the minimum GPA for the 'cum laude' honor was 3.902. That's not a typo...you need a 3.9+ GPA for the lowest level of Latin Honors. UMUC awards honors based upon a percentage (top 2% gets summa cum laude, next 3% gets magna cum laude, and the next 5% gets cum laude), not by a fixed GPA. Is this typical of Distance Education colleges? Most of the other schools I've googled use a fixed GPA for the Latin Honor distictions...not a percentage.