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Find Colleges and Universities That Grant Credit for AP Seminar and AP Research

The AP Capstone Diploma™ is increasingly recognized in admissions by higher education institutions around the world. Many colleges and universities offer credit and/or placement for a qualifying score in AP Seminar, AP Research, or both. Use the credit policy search tool on our AP Students site to find them:

Common Application and Coalition Application

The Common Application and Coalition Application forms now include the AP Capstone Diploma Candidate distinction. Counselors can identify AP Capstone Diploma candidates on the counselor form, and eligible students should continue to self-identify as AP Capstone Diploma candidates in the “Honors and Distinctions” section. Colleges and universities that use these forms can quickly see AP Capstone™ students among their applicants.

See Colleges and Universities That Endorse the AP Capstone Diploma Program

These institutions were among the first supporters of the AP Capstone Diploma program when the program launched in fall 2014. (The list is organized by states represented among the earliest endorsers.)

For information on a specific institution’s policy on granting credit or placement for AP Capstone courses, use the credit policy search for AP Seminar or AP Research.

Updated: December 2018

  • Auburn University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Arkansas
  • California Institute of Technology
  • California State University: Chico
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Pitzer College
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • University of California at Santa Barbara
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of San Diego
  • University of Southern California
  • William Jessup University
  • Adams State University
  • Colorado College
  • Colorado Mesa University
  • Colorado Mountain College
  • Colorado State University
  • Johnson & Wales University: Denver
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Naropa University
  • University of Colorado Denver
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • University of Colorado: Colorado Springs
  • University of Denver
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Yale University
  • Georgetown University
  • Howard University
  • Flagler College
  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Florida International University
  • Florida Polytechnic University
  • Florida State University
  • Johnson & Wales University: North Miami
  • Lynn University
  • Rollins College
  • Stetson University
  • University of Florida
  • University of Miami
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of North Florida
  • University of South Florida
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Georgia State University
  • Kennesaw State University
  • University of Georgia
  • Illinois State University
  • University of Chicago
  • Ball State University
  • DePauw University
  • Hanover College
  • Indiana University Bloomington
  • Marian University
  • University of Iowa
  • Kansas State University
  • Newman University
  • University of Kansas
  • Colby College
  • Husson University
  • Bowie State University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • St. John's College
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Amherst College
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Bridgewater State University
  • Harvard College
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Northeastern University
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • University of Michigan
  • St. Olaf College
  • University of Minnesota: Twin Cities
  • University of Missouri
  • Carroll College
  • Drew University
  • Georgian Court University
  • Princeton University
  • Columbia University
  • Fordham University
  • Iona College
  • Marist College
  • New York University
  • The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
  • University of Rochester
  • Johnson & Wales University: Charlotte
  • North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
  • Queens University of Charlotte
  • University of North Carolina Asheville
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina Charlotte
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • Baldwin Wallace University
  • Cleveland State University
  • College of Wooster
  • Kent State University
  • Miami University
  • Miami University: Oxford
  • Otterbein University
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of Akron
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Arcadia University
  • Bryn Mawr
  • Bucknell University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Gettysburg College
  • Robert Morris University
  • Susquehanna University
  • Washington & Jefferson College
  • Brown University
  • Johnson & Wales University: Providence
  • Clemson University
  • College of Charleston
  • University of South Carolina
  • Tennessee State University
  • Tennessee Tech University
  • University of Memphis
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Austin College
  • Baylor University
  • Rice University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • St. Edwards University
  • Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas Christian University
  • Texas State University San Marcos
  • Texas Wesleyan University
  • University of Houston
  • University of North Texas at Dallas
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Vermont
  • College of William and Mary
  • Marymount University
  • University of Mary Washington
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Washington
  • Western Washington University
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls
  • University of Alberta
  • SOAS, University of London

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High schools must be approved by the AP Program before they can offer the AP Capstone Diploma™ program.

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What College Faculty and Admission Officers Are Saying

[Through this program] you get students turned on to higher education in a way they are not currently and they enter university with a different kind of attitude.
— Susan Roth, Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies, Duke University

The AP Capstone program will help students to develop critical thinking skills that allow them to think independently, to analyze issues from different perspectives, to communicate clearly, and to conduct independent research. These are exactly the types of skills that they will be expected to utilize in college, and the AP Capstone program will give them a terrific head start.
— Zina L. Evans, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Associate Provost, University of Florida

The ability to guide the student toward understanding where a research method is valid needs to be explicitly taught.
— Ellen Woods, Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Director of Thinking Matters, Stanford University

AP Capstone provides more of the learning students will need for success in college and beyond. . . . We want them to come in ready to analyze issues from multiple perspectives, integrating disparate ideas and comfortable with innovation, so they can make real contributions when they get here.
— Ken O’Donnell, Senior Director, Student Engagement, California State University, Office of the Chancellor