Ohio – Four quadruplets of Lakota East High School experienced a joy on March 30 that many students can only dream of when applying for college. They all found out that they were all accepted to two high-ranked colleges.
Nigel, Zach, Aaron, and Nick Wade discovered just before track practice that they were accepted into Yale and Harvard. According to the Washington Post, Yale accepted 2, 272 of the 32,000 (7.1 percent) applicants and Harvard only accepted 2,056 of the 39,000 (5.3) students who applied.
The 18-year-old Wade brothers will join the prestigious Class of 2021. Each of the schools they applied to have acceptance rates below 20 percent.
“We’re still in shock, honestly. I don’t think it has sunk in yet.” – Aaron Wade
“I just felt blessed at that moment. It was an unreal feeling, I guess.” – Nigel Wade
“Honestly, to have one child from a family be accepted to a school like this is amazing. But for all four to be accepted – I just don’t, I don’t know how it happened.” – Zach Wade
College is very costly for one child, can you imagine four the same year? Well, the Wade brothers father has been planning for this day since the moment he found out he was having four sons at once.
“I remember they were doing an ultrasound and they said, ‘Mr. Wade, you better sit down.’ I said, ‘What’s going on?’ They said, ‘There’s not two. There’s four.’ It was really at that point in time that I tried to figure out how we’re going to pay for school,” Darrin Wade said.
Even with their long time savings, it will not be enough to cover all four. Nick Wade attests that financial aid is going to “be a big player” in their decision of where they choose to go.
The young men also received acceptance letters from other schools. Aaron and Nick was accepted into Stanford. Nick also got into Duke and Georgetown. Nigel locked into Vanderbilt and John Hopkins and Zach into Cornell.
They share plans to study international relations, economics, engineering, computer science, cognitive science and neuroscience.