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It’s a family affair.
Nigel, Zachary, Aaron and Nick Wade, 18-year-old quadruplets and seniors at Lakota East High School in Butler County, Ohio, were accepted into a combined 59 colleges this year. All four received offers from Duke, Yale and Harvard.
But due to the brothers’ tight bond, they decided that this fall all four would attend Yale together.
“It was a big deal for me that they stay together,” Kim Wade, the brothers’ mother, told CNN. “We discussed it and the logistics of travel, and the support they will all have for each other... we decided as a family it’s the best place for all of them.”
The Wade family also visited the university before making their final decision and loved the Ivy League school’s sense of community and all-around vibe.
But not all four brothers were totally on board for Yale.
Aaron was also accepted to Stanford University and was torn. He visited both campuses and could not decide.
Yet, because Yale offered the Wades an “extraordinary” financial aid package, ultimately, it made more sense for the quadruplets to stick together.
“Yale made sense logistically — and it’s an amazing school,” Aaron told NBC News. “I don’t regret my decision even though right now it kind of feels like a sacrifice.”
Nick also believes that although the boys will be attending school together, Yale has an environment that will allow the quadruplets to grow as individuals.
“At Yale’s visiting days, we split up and didn’t really see each other,” he explained to CNN. “We quickly made our own groups and connections so I don’t think the whole quad identity thing will be an issue moving forward.”