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January 6, 2003

Purdue student tracking system put to use

Purdue University expects to be one of the first universities in the nation to use the Immigration and Naturalization Service's new international student tracking system's batch transmission method later this month.

Beginning today (Monday, 1/6) the university began receiving new students from abroad for the spring semester. Enrollment of new international students will continue through this week, said Michael Brzezinski, director of Purdue's Office of International Students and Scholars.

Since September, Purdue, in conjunction with Newfront Software, has led the way in testing a method for transmitting large amounts of data on international students for a new federally mandated tracking system. All universities in the United States that enroll international students are required to begin using the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, or SEVIS, by Jan. 30. Universities will use the system to send student information to the government, and the data will then be used by the INS to track international students.

Purdue currently has 5,015 international students — 2,101 undergraduates and 2,914 graduate and professional students. About 250 new international students are expected to enroll this spring.

Related stories on Purdue's use of the new student tracking software and SEVIS are available on the Web at:

CONTACT: Brzezinski, (765) 494-7084,; Michael Ivy, director of International Programs Information Technology, (765) 496-6421,