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For other uses, see Starfleet Academy.
For the mirror universe counterpart, see Starfleet Academy (mirror).

Starfleet Academy logo, "Ex Astris, Scientia": "From the Stars, Knowledge".

Starfleet Academy is a four-year institution of higher learning, the primary training facility for Starfleet officers. Located at the San Francisco Presidio, it was flanked between two overwhelming vistas: the Starfleet Command, and the Point Bonita Lighthouse. It was approved and founded on 13 December 2161. Admission to the Academy was intensely competitive. (ST reference: Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion, Last Unicorn RPG module: Starfleet Academy Handbook, ST reference: Federation: The First 150 Years)


Starfleet Academy seal

Seal of Starfleet Academy.

In the 2140s, the academy started as training program for United Earth's Starfleet personnel. (ENT episode: "Storm Front, Part II")

Following the disappearance of the Slayton in 2159, Starfleet Admiral Somers proposed to establish the Academy to train all the future Starfleet officers. It was to ensure that they would not share the same fate as his son, the Slayton's chief engineer, Jack Somers. (SA - Starfleet Academy comic: "Issue 3")

24th century[]

In 2368, the USS Enterprise-D's captain, Jean-Luc Picard, was asked to give a commencement speech for that year's graduating class. However, there was an incident with the Nova Squadron in which cadet Joshua Albert was killed when they attempted the Kolvoord Starburst. In 2372, Red Squad took part in Admiral James Leyton's attempted coup. (TNG episode: "The First Duty"; DS9 episodes: "Homefront", "Paradise Lost")

The campus was destroyed by the Breen during the Dominion War. (TNG - Strange New Worlds 9 short story: "Home Soil")

32nd century[]

Following The Burn and Earth's departure from the Federation around 3089, Starfleet Academy's campus on Earh was no longer in use. However, it still stood when several members of the USS Discovery's crew were granted permission to beam down to the Campus in 3189. (DSC episode: "People of Earth")

A year later, in 3190, Starfleet Academy was reopened for the class of 3190. (DSC episode: "Kobayashi Maru")


Academy EV

Starfleet Academy in the mid-23rd century.

Starfleet Academy

Starfleet Academy grounds, circa 2379.

Traditionally, when a person who wished to join Starfleet reached adulthood, they submitted an application and underwent a series of tests. If accepted, they trained at an Academy facility, such as the primary one at the San Francisco Presidio on Earth. A usual course of study for officers is a four-year education, although accelerated programs and graduate training are available. Enlisted service requires a much shorter training course, sometimes at a satellite facility of the Academy or at another Starfleet installation. (ST reference: The Star Trek Encyclopedia, [citation needed])

The Starfleet Academy Preparatory Program was a course of testing for application to Starfleet Academy. (DS9 episode: "Facets")

The Academy's motto is "Ex Astris, Scientia", or "From the Stars, Knowledge." (TNG novel: The First Duty)

The facilities include holodecks, located on Archer Hall. (DS9 - Strange New Worlds VI short story: "Best Tools Available")

In the mid-22nd century, all cadets were required to study the worlds that had been destroyed by their dominant species through wars and environmental mismanagement. (TOS novel: Prime Directive)

In 2371, the entrance exam's final question was worth fifty points. (DS9 novel: The Long Night)

Required reading[]


see Starfleet Academy courses.


Senior personnel[]

The nature of the division of responsibilities between the Commandant of Starfleet Academy and the Superintendent of Starfleet Academy has not been established. At the modern United States Naval AcademyWP, the Superintendent is the officer in charge of the Academy and the Commandant oversees discipline and day-to-day operations involving midshipmen.



Annex Campuses/locations[]

On-Campus locations[]

See also[]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 TOS - My Brother's Keeper novel: Republic.
  2. TNG - A Time to... novel: A Time to Heal.
  3. 3.0 3.1 TOS novel: Planet of Judgment.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 TNG - Starfleet Academy novel: The Best and the Brightest.
  5. TOS novel: Final Frontier.
  6. TOS novel: Prime Directive.
  7. TOS - Vulcan's Soul novel: Exodus.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 TNG - Starfleet Academy novel: Secret of the Lizard People.
  9. NF novel: Stone and Anvil.
  10. TNG novel: The Captains' Honor.
  11. TNG novel: The Forgotten War.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 TNG novel: Survivors.
  13. TOS - Fortunes of War novel: Battlestations!.
  14. TOS novel: Strangers from the Sky.
  15. TOS novel: The Galactic Whirlpool.
  16. TNG novel: Ancient Blood.
  17. TNG novel: Losing the Peace.
  18. TOS - Section 31 novel: Cloak.
  19. TNG - Starfleet Academy novel: Worf's First Adventure.
  20. ST novel: Articles of the Federation.
  21. 21.0 21.1 SCE eBook: Many Splendors.
  22. DS9 episode: "What You Leave Behind".
  23. DS9 - Worlds of DS9 - Volume Three novella: Ferenginar: Satisfaction is Not Guaranteed.
  24. DS9 - Prophecy and Change short story: "The Devil You Know".
  25. TOS - Reunion comic: "Part 2".
  26. VAN novel: Harbinger.
  27. NF short story: "Performance Appraisal".
  28. VOY novel: Incident at Arbuk.
  29. FASA RPG module: The Triangle.
  30. SA - Starfleet Academy comic: "Issue 1".
  31. Star Trek Adventures module: Core Rulebook.
  32. DS9 episode: "In the Pale Moonlight".
  33. VOY episode: "Caretaker".
  34. TOS - Boldly Go comic: "Issue 1".
  35. 35.0 35.1 DSC episode: "All Is Possible"
  36. 36.0 36.1 Last Unicorn RPG module: Starfleet Academy Handbook.
  37. TOS video game: The Kobayashi Alternative.
  38. DSC episode: "Kobayashi Maru"

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