Since I am posting this on behalf of a friend (who's in a slight slump and could use some advice), I am probably lacking some information. However, hopefully you guys can get the idea. While my friend did well his first semester at the regional campus at his 50-60 ranked university, his grades slipped for a year or so when he went to live on campus. That, and due to some "medical" issues I won't go into. I don't know precisely how low, but he was on academic probation. However, now that he's made some friends in his major, his grades are improving. Currently, he has 3 semesters to go, since he has to do an extra year. However, he only needs to take 5 classes. While he might only take those to save money and focus on them, I recommended that he retake classes he didn't do well in (like an upper-level class he got a D in) to boost his grades. He said he thinks his GPA is around a 2.8 currently. Should he retake classes with that extra time, take new ones, etc? When applying to grad schools, how much of a difference does a 2.9 and 3.0 make? Is it worth taking the extra time/classes if you're on the edge? And on a side note, what kind of research does someone need to get into a less-selective university? (He was credited in a published research paper, should be able to get some research over the summer, and might be working on a project with his math professor, so he doesn't have a lot). Thanks for any responses, and I hope I'm not asking anything that's asked frequently, since I had some difficulty finding an answer to the 2.9 vs 3.0 GPA question, since I understand that's the typical cutoff.