The AP Program recognizes high school students who have demonstrated outstanding college-level achievement in AP Seminar, AP Research, and additional AP courses through two awards:

  • AP Capstone Diploma™: Granted to students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing.
  • AP Seminar and Research Certificate™: Granted to students who earn scores of 3 or higher in both AP Seminar and AP Research.

Each award-winning student can view and print their diploma or certificate online, and the award is acknowledged on any AP score report that is sent to colleges after the award has been granted.

About AP Capstone

AP Capstone is a diploma program that gives you the chance to tackle the type of in-depth, long-term research assignments you’ll do in college. It’s based on two yearlong courses, AP Seminar and AP Research, which are meant to supplement other AP courses you can take anytime in high school.

AP Seminar, which students generally take in the 10th or 11th grade, helps you develop analytic, collaboration, and presentation skills. This course is a prerequisite for AP Research, in which you’ll design, conduct, present, and defend a research-based investigation on an issue you’re interested in. This issue could be related to topics you’ve studied in other, subject-specific AP courses.

The AP Capstone program gives you the chance to develop college-level academic skills and dig deep into subjects you love. It also gives you the chance to distinguish yourself to colleges through the skills and awards described above.