The Lakota East High School seniors were stunned. As for Yale, they also received a record number of applications, 32,900. Of them, 2,272 were admitted.
"They said 'I know you guys can do it".
A set of quadruplet brothers, who go to high school outside Cincinnati, have been accepted by Harvard and Yale, among other top schools.
They were profiled Wednesday in the Washington Post and spent most of Wednesday afternoon being followed by a national TV network news crew during their classes. Zach was going to wait until practice was over, but his brothers weren't having it. They checked their emails and convinced Zach to look at his as well.
That list does not cover all the schools that offered them admission.
"... To have one child from a family be accepted to a school like this is fantastic, but for all four to be accepted - I just don't, I don't know how it happened", Zach said.
Although they are all in shock and beyond excited that together they have achieved this wonderful academic feat, there is the concern about the financing of this expensive endeavor. "It has been awesome", said Nick Wade, who along with Nigel and Zachary Wade, is leaning toward attending Yale.
The fraternal quads now are not sure if they'll remain a united set throughout college, but if they decide to attend Harvard or Yale, they will receive full-ride tuition coverage as these universities pledge to cover demonstrated financial need for admitted students.
"I have had the honor of knowing these boys since they were young because of knowing their mom and dad", said Lakota East High School Principal Suzanna Davis. "We're just shocked. We still don't believe that we got in". Harvard charges $63,000 per year for tuition and room and board and Yale charges $64,000.
Outside of the financial considerations, the brothers are taking time to appreciate their joint achievements and to weigh their options.
As fate would have it, the siblings have now gotten one foot into an impressive array of schools - Nigel got into Johns Hopkins and Vanderbilt, Zach made the cut with Cornell, while Nick and Aaron got into Stanford, among others.
The gifted scholars, who all have diverse interests, say that their main concern in applying to the most elite schools was not prestige.
Aaron told the WaPo, The outcome has shocked us.
"We really don't know".
The Wade quads was attending a late track team practice at the moment they found out about their college acceptances.