Starfleet Academy Main Campus

The main campus consists of building clusters on the Academy's extensively landscaped grounds in San Francisco, including all the primary facilities, such as administration, classrooms, science labs, training simulators, and athletic facilities, along with cadet housing. Some of the major buildings and facilities are described here.

Academy Transport Station

This facility houses the Academy's main transporter systems, providing rapid transit to other locations on Earth or in orbit. The station's transporters are sometimes used in demonstrations for students of transporter technology and operation, but are generally at the exclusive disposal of Academy personnel and visitors. Controllers route the transporter systems through orbital Earth facilities for destinations anywhere on Earth or in near-Earth orbit.

Cadets earn transporter credits during their time at the Academy for visits during their time off. Popular destinations include Paris, Rio de Janerio, Rome, Hong Kong, Angel Falls, and the islands of the southern Pacific Ocean. Cadets with family living on Earth also use their transporter credits to visit home. Cadets off campus must check in regularly with Starfleet Headquarters to update their status and location in case of emergency or accident.

The Administration Building

The Administration Building houses the Academy's administrative offices and faculty, including the Superintendent's office, the Registrar, and the Office of Cadet Housing. Cadets should familiarize themselves with some of the more important offices in this facility.

Superintendent's Office

The Administration Building houses the office of Superintendent Foster and his staff. The superintendent maintains an open-door policy for cadets who need to speak to him about any matter regarding their Academy performance.

The Superintendent meets regularly with advisory and counseling staff to monitor the cadets' progress and possible concerns. The Superintendent's office also handles disciplinary matters.

Advisory Center

The Academy Advisory Center provides academic guidance for cadets, including assisting first- and second-year cadets in choosing a major. The center's advisors help students select programs and classes to maximize their Academy experience. Advisors strongly encourage cadets to use their period of undeclared status to explore the many academic fields Starfleet offers, giving them time to explore possible majors.

The Advisory Center coordinates the services of part-time faculty advisors representing the Academy's major schools. Cadets can schedule appointments with their faculty advisors, who offer the most current information on specific majors and departmental requirements.

Counseling Center

The Academy Counseling Center offers confidential consultation, individual and group counseling, and educational seminars for a broad range of emotional, psychological, and interpersonal concerns. Any cadets who face confusion, emotional concerns, or other personal problems can schedule appointments over the comm system or in person from 0800 to 1800 hours. The center offers emergency services at all hours.

The center's staff of psychologists, counselors, and consulting psychiatrists devotes itself to the welfare and development of the Academy's cadets. The staff consults with faculty, administrative staff, and family members on matters relating to student welfare. The Interstellar Association of Psychology fully recognizes and accredits the center. Cadets can enroll in the center's counseling internship training program through the Academy's Medical School.

The Counseling Center keeps all information about a cadet's visits completely confidential, releasing it only with the cadet's permission.

Center for Academic Resources

The Academy's Center for Academic Resources offers cadets a comprehensive program of academic-related services. Participants work on an individual basis or in group seminars with staff members to improve their academic performance and enhance their experience at the Academy. The center offers learning skills instruction, tutoring, study groups, course information, clarification of academic goals, personal advising, and referral.

The center offers additional services for cadets requiring individualized study-area tutoring, graduate program advising, and assistance for cadets with specific physiological requirements.

Student Affairs

The Office of Student Affairs prepares Academy cadets to function effectively in Federation society. In conjunction with cadets and staff, faculty, and community members, the office works to create a campus community that fosters learning and development, safeguards the right of all individuals on campus, and expands the understanding of different cultures and perspectives. The office encourages cadets to develop their interpersonal communication, critical thinking, and decision-making skills. The Office of Student Affairs also handles disputes between students and mediates social problems that develop on campus and may threaten the Academy's learning environment.

Academy Security

The Office of Academy Security maintains a campus environment where learning thrives under the laws of Starfleet, Earth, and the United Federation of Planets. The officers ensure the security of Starfleet Academy and its cadets from any outside danger.

Cadets who discover threats to their safety or that of another person or the Academy should report it to Academy Security at once. The Academy Security office offers internships to cadets with a command or security services major, giving cadets an opportunity to work with experienced officers in the campus setting.

Class Buildings

The Academy staff teaches courses in several buildings generally known as "halls" to students and faculty. Theses include the T'plana-Hath Building, the Drovan Kol Building, the Thomas Kendel Building, and the Christopher Pike Building. Individual classrooms contain terminals interfacing with the Academy's main computer system, allowing immediate access to all class-related information.

High-resolution, multispectral imaging screens project lecture information from the instructor's terminal. Some rooms employ holo-emitters for creating simulations pertinent to the course. All of these systems are voice-operated through the Academy's computer or manually controlled through any terminal.

The James Tiberius Kirk Building

Starfleet Academy maintains its operations training simulators in the building, known commonly as "Kirk Hall". The building had three floors of holosuites along with academic offices and support facilities. The simulators provide immediate, hands-on experiences in a safe and controlled environment.

Cadets learn to handle shuttlecraft on flight simulators. Warp propulsion classes use a holographic engine room to teach students the practical aspects of maintaining a warp drive. More advanced courses simulate emergency conditions such as a warp core breach to test cadet training and knowledge under pressure. Bridge programs simulate various tactical situations common for all cadets, along with medical emergencies and survival courses.

Students may use the holosuites in Kirk Hall for recreational purposes, spending earned holosuite credits to reserve a suite during available hours posted on the Academy's computer system.

Science Buildings

The Academy has a number of buildings devoted solely to the sciences, providing classroom and laboratory facilities for the Academy science schools. These include the Zefram Cochrane Warp Sciences Building, and the Neal Tanner Life Sciences Building.

The science buildings contain state-of-the-art computer and laboratory systems, enabling cadets to learn the latest scientific theories and perform all manner of personal research and experiments.

Security around the science buildings is higher than in other areas of the Academy because these buildings often house sensitive scientific and technical information, valuable samples, and ongoing experiments. Cadets must schedule laboratory time in advance and sign in with personnel on duty for out-of-class research.

The Academy Library

The Academy's library provides cadets with a quiet place to study and access information from the Academy computer systems and the Starfleet Information Net. Uplinks with Memory Alpha allows cadets to access to this database of the complete body of knowledge and literature from across the Federation. The library also holds an extensive collection of rare printed volumes and archeological artifacts for reference and research purposes, more than 1.4 million items in all. Cadets may use these materials as required for their courses and research by requesting them from the library staff.

The Museum of Starfleet History

Near the library stands the Museum of Starfleet History, containing displays for information relating to the history and development of Starfleet dating back to its founding in 2161. Items on display include the dedication plaques from some of the first Daedalus-class Federation starships; a scale model of Zefram Cochrane's warp ship, the Phoenix; early Starfleet uniforms and insignia; models showing the evolution of Starfleet vessels over the past two centuries; and a draft of Starfleet's charter from the United Federation of Planets.

The museum is open to the public during the day and the curators conduct regular tours. Cadets may access items from the museum's collection for research purposes, along with the museum's extensive library of history files, ship's logs, and related historical information. Cadets interested in a detailed study of Starfleet's history can apply for an internship at the museum.

Arts Center

The Academy's Botellin Center for the Arts hosts performances by Starfleet Academy cadets and guest artists, including plays, dramatic readings, and music concerts. Performances are open to the public, with preference given to Starfleet cadets and active personnel who wish to attend. The Arts Center also works in cooperation with the Federation Council on the Arts to sponsor displays and performances of fine arts from other member worlds. The Academy encourages students to take part in the campus artistic community to broaden their experiences and learn about other cultures through the arts.

Athletic Facilities

Starfleet Academy is home to a modern athletic stadium, used for a variety of activities and events. The Academy sponsors athletic events with other institutions on Earth and throughout the Federation, including a parrises squares tournament, gymnastics, a martial arts tournament, the Academy marathon and decathlon, soccer and vrex ball games, and other events as requested by the cadets and faculty. Participation in athletic events in open to all interested cadets. Cadets interested in organizing an athletic event should speak with the Academy's Athletic Director.

Cadets can also use earned credits for a variety of holosuite athletic activities, both solo and team-oriented. The Academy's database contains programs for more than six hundred different athletic simulations, including sports, swimming, outdoor hiking and climbing, riding, and skydiving.

Botanical Gardens

Maintenance staff extensively landscape the Academy grounds in an effort to preserve much of the area's natural beauty. Paths are lined with trees and grass, and flowerbeds showcase a broad variety of plant species from Earth and elsewhere.

In addition to the grounds, the Academy maintains a botanical garden featuring numerous plant species. Some grow outside, arranged in paths to provide shade and comfortable places to enjoy the natural beauty. Other plant species flourish indoors under controlled conditions, particularly those species not acclimated to the San Francisco Bay area or Earth. The biology school uses the greenhouses to study different elements of plant biology, including species not native to Earth.


Starfleet Academy attends to the individual needs of cadets, providing housing facilities in which they're expected to live during their education. Campus housing emphasizes a multicultural living environment to introduce cadets to living and working with individuals from many different species and cultures.

First- and second-year cadets share quarters to learn to coexist with others under conditions not unlike those aboard a starship or starbase. Third- and fourth-year cadets may apply for individual quarters, available based on class ranking and need. Cadets with questions or concerns about campus housing should contact the Office of Student Affairs.

Dormitory facilities consist of central living, dining, and recreational areas for cadets, along with modular private quarters, all based around a community model. Dormitories provide modern amenities, including sonic showers, computer access to multimedia entertainment, communications, and replicator facilities for meals and the production of common items like clothing.

The Academy expects all cadets to exercise appropriate behavior and follow the honor code in and out of their dormitories. Inappropriate behavior in the dormitories, or anywhere on campus, may result in demerits or other punitive action.

Special Academy programs, including intensive language and science majors, reserve certain dormitories and dorm areas. All cadets living in these dormitories follow the same major and course path, allowing them to assist each other and enhance their educational experience. The dormitory facilities set aside for the members of Red Squad follow this principle.


Starfleet Academy relies on the nearby Starfleet Medical School to provide medical services, including infirmary space for cadets requiring physical care, routine physical check-ups, and examinations for cadets. Although accidental injuries are rare, the expert staff of the infirmary can ensure they receive immediate treatment with the most advanced medical technology available to the Federation.