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Posted on: October 1, 2021

New Braunfels City University Now Accepting Applications


Applications are now being accepted for the 2022 class of New Braunfels City University, a no-cost program that gives citizens a first-hand look at the inner workings of their city government.

City University (also called City U.) is designed to encourage participants to be well-informed in the hopes of increasing their involvement on city committees. Since its inception, City University alumni have gone on to serve on numerous city boards and commissions, including New Braunfels City Council, the Transportation & Traffic Advisory Board, the Bond Advisory Committee, and the Building Standards Commission, just to name a few. 

“City University is an interactive learning experience designed to promote transparency with residents,” said Sara Phippen, Customer Experience Manager at the New Braunfels Public Library and City University Project Team member. “The hands-on experiences, case studies, site tours, group discussions, and demonstrations provide a unique understanding of municipal operations. Our hope is that, through participation in City University, citizens are encouraged to participate more fully in local government.”   

City University meetings are held on selected Thursday evenings beginning in January 2022 and conclude with a graduation ceremony in June 2022. Each meeting will give participants an up-close look at how city services are provided, with presentations, demonstrations, and tours of all city departments, including all city administration departments, Police & Fire, Public Works, Parks, and Library. 

City University applications are now available at and can be submitted online through 5pm on Friday, Oct. 22nd, 2021. Space in the program is limited. Applicants must be residents of the City of New Braunfels (or its extraterritorial jurisdiction - ETJ), and be at least 17 years old. For more information, log on to or email

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