The South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences has campuses in Hagen, Iserlohn, Meschede, Lüdenscheid and Soest and offers a wide spectrum of studies in modern, trend-setting issues and subjects. This is no "mass production" university. Studying here is application-oriented, group sizes are manageable and teaching takes place in a face-to-face situation. In the 2015/2016 winter semester, 13,800 students were enrolled.
The university focuses mainly on engineering, natural sciences, information and communication technology, business administration with informatics and agriculture.
The South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences maintains close contacts with industry, agriculture and trade. It is actively involved in working on the solutions to current problems of the region, thus gaining experience for application-oriented study. Companies can find expert advice on innovation and technology here, and joint projects have often led to the development of product and process innovations. With many diploma theses being written in cooperation with companies, research and teaching are successfully linked. Several research institutes have been founded and thus the university has broken new ground in the area of cooperation with local industry.
The campus is located within a few minutes walking distance from the city centre. Soest offers everything from shopping to culture as well as historic restaurants and pubs. Although a thousand years old, it is not in the least antiquated. The surroundings provide all kinds of leisure activities including water sports. Soest is conveniently located with regard to transport facilities, with regular IC and ICE train connections as well as two nearby airports, Dortmund Wickede and Paderborn-Lippstadt.