Accepted, 8 times over: Ohio quadruplets earn spots at Yale, Harvard

A University education can cost a lot of money for one child, but imagine having four kids go to University all at once. Nick Wade was at his track practice late last week when he found out that he made it into an Ivy League school. The 18-year-old checked his phone and learned the news. One by one, he found out he had gotten into all his schools. Wade is just one of quadruplets and has three brothers on his high school track team who had also applied to Ivy schools. So about the same time last week, his brothers were also learning their fates.

There was Aaron, another brother who was in the locker room when he logged on. And then Nigel, who was stretching when his brothers told him to give his phone a check. Zach was going to wait until the track practice was over, but his brothers wouldn't have it. The brothers couldn’t wait any longer. School offers that added to a pretty impressive stack of potential college destinations. The brothers are still in shock, and say that it hasn't sunk in yet.

Besides being accepted at Ivy League schools Harvard and Yale, the Wade brothers also have loads of other options for the next four years. Nick got into Duke University, Georgetown, and Stanford. Aaron is in at Stanford University. Nigel got accepted at Johns Hopkins and Vanderbilt, and Zach with Cornell University. That list does not cover all of the schools that offered the brothers admission. These four seniors at Lakota East High School are in high demand. And the outcome has shocked all four of them. They didn't expect to apply to all of these schools and get into all of them. When they applied, it wasn’t so much about the prestige or the name of the school as it was important for each of them to find a school where they thought they could thrive and where they could contribute.

The four brothers provided The Washington Post with digital copies of their official admission letters and the notifications they had received. Harvard University said it doesn’t comment on the admission status of prospective students and does not formally track just how many of its students are admitted as twins, triplets, quads or other multiple-birth sets. Yale said in an email that as a policy, the university also doesn’t discuss admitted students. Yale's site says more than 32,000 people applied for Yale’s Class of 2021. Of them, 2,272 were admitted. Harvard University said that 2,056 students were admitted this year out of an applicant pool that exceeded 39,000. The boys would joke amongst themselves saying that one of them was going to be the one who gets rejected. And things like you guys all have fun at Harvard. This is not the first set of quadruplets that Yale has accepted. A few years ago, Ray, Kenny, Martina, and Carol Crouch all learned that they had earned early admission slots with the university. All four siblings ended up picking Yale, according to the New York Times. Darrin Wade, 51, the father of this year’s quartet of academic stars, said that when his wife, Kim, was pregnant with the boys the couple were initially told they were having twins. A few weeks later, they learned that information was incorrect. You can read the whole story on the Washington Post site. This is just one of the trending news stories you will find on the Washington Post site. On the site, you will find new technology, trends, trending news, sports, politics and so much more. **

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