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|Official emblem, circa 2372|
Starfleet Academy (also referred to as the Space Academy) was a department within Starfleet. The main purpose of this department was for the education and training of individuals for service in Starfleet. (TOS: "Where No Man Has Gone Before", "The Apple"; TNG: "Final Mission", "The Drumhead", "The First Duty"; DS9: "Heart of Stone", "Little Green Men", "Homefront"; VOY: "Learning Curve", "In the Flesh", "Imperfection") The movement of personnel in and out of this service was governed by the Starfleet Transfer Regulations. (TNG: "The Measure Of A Man", okudagram) The chief administrator of the Academy was the superintendent or commandant. (TNG: "Ménage à Troi", "The First Duty")
- 1 History
- 2 Locations
- 3 Preparation for admission
- 4 Attending the Academy
- 5 Post-graduate options
- 6 Appendices
The Academy existed as early as the 2140s to train United Earth Starfleet personnel. (ENT: "Storm Front, Part II") It was officially incorporated into the Federation in 2161 with the motto Ex Astris, Scientia, to serve as a training facility for Federation Starfleet officers. (Starfleet Academy emblem plaque)
Captain Adele Simmons was noted for her work with the Academy on the USS Phoenix on stardate 40250.5. (TNG: "The Wounded", dedication plaque) Later, she was noted for her work with the Academy on the USS Sutherland on stardate 44820.5. (TNG: "Redemption II", dedication plaque)
Holodeck simulation - Captain Riker
In 2367, while exploring a cavern on Alpha Onias III, Commander William T. Riker was rendered unconscious by gases. While unconscious, neural scanners scanned Riker's brain. The scanners used elements of Riker's reality and constructed a holodeck simulation with those elements interspersed throughout, so that it felt real to him. What Riker wanted, the scanners made possible.
In one of these simulations, as Captain Jean-Luc Picard was promoted to superintendent of the academy, on stardate 51253, Captain Riker succeeded him as the commanding officer of the USS Enterprise-D. In 2383, the academy was mentioned in Riker's service record that was on display in his quarters on the Enterprise-D. (TNG: "Future Imperfect", okudagram)
By the 32nd century, Starfleet Academy had left Earth, along with the rest of Starfleet and the Federation government, however a massive tree on the former campus under which cadets had studied as far back as the 23rd century remained intact and well-maintained. (DIS: "People of Earth") In 3190, Starfleet Academy was re-commissioned at Starfleet Headquarters, with Captain Michael Burnham of the USS Discovery] and Federation President Laira Rillak addressing the new class of cadets there. (DIS: "Kobayashi Maru")
Starfleet Academy training bases and annexes
- Academy Flight Range
- Marseille Starfleet base
- Starfleet testing area, Relva VII
- Starfleet Academy, Beta Aquilae II
- Starfleet Academy, Beta Ursae Minor II
- Starfleet Academy, Earth
- Starfleet Academy, Psi Epsilon III
- Starfleet Academy, Psi Upsilon III
Preparation for admission
Admission into Starfleet Academy began with the acceptance of the candidate's application. Once the application was accepted, the candidate underwent the Academy entrance competition exams, which determined 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 contained sections on hyperspace physics and dynamic relationships, among others. Along with the infamous "psych test", in which the prospective cadet faced their greatest fear, unannounced tests could take place at any time during the exam period. (VOY: "Imperfection"; TNG: "Coming of Age")
Not all candidates made entry into Starfleet Academy on their first attempt; however, if their scores were high enough in the competition they could be eligible to reapply the following year. If the results of the reapplication were sufficiently high they were accepted into the Academy. (TNG: "Ménage à Troi")
For non-Federation citizens, a candidate could attend the Academy if they were sponsored and had a letter of reference written on their behalf by a command-level officer. Once this was accomplished, the candidate was eligible for the Academy Preparatory Exam. (DS9: "Heart of Stone"; VOY: "Imperfection")
The Starfleet Academy Preparatory Program was the next stage for consideration of admission, which consisted of six weeks of summer classes. By passing the Preparatory Program, a candidate's admission was ensured, as they had then proven to the admissions committee that they were prepared, or determined, to become a cadet. Once this had been accomplished, the candidate was then eligible for the Academy entrance exam. (DS9: "Facets")
Attending the Academy
- Academy wrestling team
- European Swordsmanship club
- Parrises squares
- Rigel Cup competition
- Starfleet Academy marathon
- A Velocity team
Program for enlisted crewmen
The Academy had a separate program for the training of enlisted crewpeople, which included receiving basic training and attending the Starfleet Technical Services Academy on Mars. (TNG: "The Drumhead", "Eye of the Beholder")
For the elite cadets
Training ships included:
- Academy flight trainer
- Academy trainer craft
- Class J starship
- USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
- USS Republic (NCC-1371)
- USS Valiant (NCC-74210)
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")
- Advanced Tactical Training
- Bridge Officer's Test
- Starfleet Medical Academy
- Starfleet Academy Command School
Information on this educational institute being a department was derived from the regulations that were seen in "The Measure Of A Man".
Exteriors of Starfleet Academy were filmed at the Japanese Gardens at Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in Van Nuys, California. The Golden Gate Bridge was inserted into some shots in post-production to make it appear that the Academy was located in San Francisco. This location was also used to depict the planet Rubicun III in TNG: "Justice".
In the 2009 Star Trek film, exteriors of Oviatt Library at California State University, Northridge, were used to depict Starfleet Academy.
The Academy motto was "Ex Astris, Scientia", meaning "from the stars, knowledge" in Latin. The ancient Romans usually did not use verbs in inscriptions, so it would be better translated as "knowledge comes from the stars". According to Michael Okuda, the motto was inspired by a quotation on the Apollo 13 mission patch, "Ex luna, scientia". The Apollo 13 quote was itself a paraphrase of the motto of the United States Naval Academy, "Ex Scientia Tridens," which means "from knowledge, seapower." (Star Trek Encyclopedia (2nd ed., p. 487); Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion (2nd ed., p. 197))
The initially shown version "Ex Astra, Scientia" was grammatically wrong, as the preposition "ex" requires the ablative case "Astris". According to Michael Okuda, six months after "The First Duty" aired he received a letter from a Latin Professor at Brown University pointing this out. This error was corrected for later appearances and also in the remastered Blu-ray edition of TNG. (Memorable Missions, TNG Season 5 DVD special features)
The Academy emblem was based on a design by Joe Sena. (Star Trek Encyclopedia (2nd ed., p. 487))
There have been three versions of the Academy logo. The first version being the original logo seen in "The First Duty", with the Latin grammar error. The second was seen only briefly behind Harry Kim's interrogation in the alternate timeline in "Non Sequitur". This logo had the updated Latin phrase and the rays of light had been inverted when compared to the original, with the outer border changing to a shade of pink rather than a red. The third logo debuted shortly thereafter with an updated Starfleet insignia and the border returning to a shade of red.
In Star Trek Online, Federation players can visit Starfleet Academy on Earth.
The IDW comic series Star Trek: Starfleet Academy reveals that the Academy was founded by Admiral Somers (β) in 2161 following the disappearance of the USS Slayton (NX-05) (β), whose crew included his son, Jack (β). Somers felt that if Starfleet officers were properly trained, incidents like this wouldn't happen. This, however, may contradict canon as the Academy was said to be established in some form before the founding of the Federation.