Academy of War
The Academy was created by Nyatohep the Sullen in the Year of Moonless Night, a decade before the current conflict. It was believed that he could see the future, so created the academy to prepare the magic users to protect their land. Others believe the Far Mage desired to create an army of mages and conqueror Cormyr for himself. Both theses groups may be correct.
The Academy accepts any magic user, regardless of beliefs, power source, or morality. The only goal is controlled power, to be wielded against Sembia. Those who pass the training are considered to be the most disciplined and potentially powerful mages in all of Faerun.