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Starfleet Academy was officially established in 2161 with the motto Ex Astris, Scientia (from the stars, knowledge), to serve as a training facility for Starfleet officers. The headquarters of Starfleet Academy are located in the Presidio in San Francisco. The Academy program typically lasted four years, though certain programs have lasted five, six or eight years. (TNG: "The First Duty", "Conundrum", TOS: "Bread and Circuses")

Preparation for AdmissionEdit

Academy application

Application of Admission

Admission into Starfleet Academy begins with the acceptance of the candidate's application. Once the application is accepted, the candidate undergoes the Academy entrance competition exams, which determines those admitted by the best scores among a group of candidates competing to gain admission. In 2364, one such location for these competitions was on Relva VII. The exam contains sections on hyperspace physics and dynamic relationships, among others. Along with the infamous "psych test", where the prospective cadet must face their greatest fear, unannounced tests can take place at any time during the exam period. (TNG: "Coming of Age")

Not all candidates make entry into the Starfleet Academy their first attempt; however, if their scores are high enough in the competition they may be eligible to reapply the following year. If the results of the reapplication are sufficently high they will be accepted into the Academy. (TNG: "Ménage à Troi")

For non-Federation citizens, a candidate may attend the Academy if they can be sponsored and have a letter of reference written on their behalf by a command level officer. Once this is accomplished the candidate is eligible for the Academy Preparatory Exam. (DS9: "Heart of Stone")

Starfleet Academy Preparatory Program is the next stage for consideration of admission, which consists of six weeks of summer classes. By passing the Preparatory Program, a candidate's admission is ensured, as they have now proved to the admissions committee that they are prepared, or determined, to become a cadet. Once this has been accomplished, the candidate is then eligible for the Starfleet Academy entrance exam. (DS9: "Facets")

Once the former candidate is accepted, they may enroll in Academy courses.

Attending the AcademyEdit

Academy PersonnelEdit

Course WorkEdit

Extra CurricularEdit

Starfleet Academy Training Bases and AnnexesEdit

Program for Enlisted CrewmenEdit

The Academy has a separate and specific program for the training of enlisted crewpeople. Simon Tarses attended the program. (TNG: "The Drumhead")

Non-commissioned officers, such as Alfonse Pacelli, have been graduated from the Starfleet Technical Services Academy on Mars. (TNG: "Eye of the Beholder")

In "Trials and Tribble-ations", Bashir referred to O'Brien's Academy temporal mechanics course. Ronald D. Moore suggested this could be rationalized by saying "that the enlisted training program also takes place at the Academy." [1] However, in "Starship Down", O'Brien specifically mentions to Worf that Stevens and Muniz didn't attend the Academy, implying that enlisted crewmen trained at a different campus.

For the Elite CadetsEdit

Training VesselsEdit

See also: Training vessel

The Final ExamEdit


In 2368, Captain Jean-Luc Picard was asked to deliver the commencement address for that year's Academy graduates. The occasion was marred by the loss of a cadet in an accident shortly before commencement. (TNG: "The First Duty")

The Lost Era book Deny Thy Father noted that the commencement address at William T. Riker's graduation from the Academy was given by Dr. Leonard McCoy.


Post-Graduate OptionsEdit