Benefits of AP Capstone
- Fosters the research, argumentation, and communication skills that are at the core of college readiness and essential for lifelong learning.
- Provides a setting to build on the knowledge and rigorous course work of AP in an interdisciplinary format.
- Offers students a unique opportunity to distinguish themselves to colleges and universities by choosing to challenge themselves academically, and by showing their passion and interest in specific research topics.
- Builds student self-confidence as thoughtful, independent thinkers better prepared for the academic challenges of higher education.
- More opportunities for merit-based scholarships. Colleges like Queen's University in Charlotte offer a scholarship specifically for students who complete the AP Capstone program.
- Provides an excellent opportunity for high school students to develop the research, collaboration, and communication skills that are essential to success in college and in today’s complex and interconnected world.
- Helps identify students who are prepared to enter college with the research, writing, and collaboration skills necessary for successful college completion.
- Helps identify students who are able to articulate and write about their passion and interests in specific research topics.
- Provides consistent, externally validated measures of student ability.
- Demonstrates student research and writing abilities through a 4,000–5,000-word scholarly research paper.
- See the AP Capstone Higher Ed website (aphighered.collegeboard.org/exams/ap-capstone) for more information, including recommendations for credit policies.