and ATLs09, i dont have the D yet..semester's not yet over but its mathematically impossible for me to get a C/B/a
tokenadult, just because you don't take AP Calc BC, doesn't mean your schedule is "easy." he could just as easily switch into AP Stats, which is an AP class as well, and his W and UW GPA would be the better for it.
i'd hazard a guess that Brown's acceptance rate for students who haven't taken Calc BC is higher than that of students with a D on their transcript... wouldn't you agree?
what you posted is true. many selective schools admit students with far less than perfect GPAs. but..
1) many of those students in those "lower-GPA" statistics are recruited athletes, legacy kids, recruited minorities, etc. it doesn't mean the average Joe is getting in with that GPA. anyone getting in with a sub-3.75 obviously has a strong
hook. so i wouldn't go around flaunting that as if every old 3.75 student has good chances.
2) even if the GPAs are numerically the same, colleges will obviously still examine your transcript. a few Bs on a transcript doesn't raise eyebrows. but a glaring "D" will.
all in all, the decision is up to you. but rarely do i hear of a D-student (not meant to offend) becoming an A-student in a matter of weeks, particularly in Math. if you decide to stick it out and don't get that A (or at least B) that you're expecting, you might as well stick a fork in your Ivy chances.
and if your Calc class is anything like mine was, then the class is at least 75-80% Tests & Quizzes, and if you happen to make innocent little mistakes here and there on tests, you won't have much chance to recover your grade. so basically you'll be a nervous wreck for the whole semester because you know your grade will always be on thin ice. do you really want to go through that?
IMO, it's not worth the stress. drop the class, take something you can do well in, and find other ways to make yourself an attractive applicant. for example pick up some unique ECs, win some writing contests, or something. colleges will eventually look right over the dropped class.
you could also take BC over the summer, either at a CC or online. CTYs Distance Education course for BC is very good, and i can almost guarantee you will learn more + it will be easier than your class at school. you can just report the final grade you get to your college.