The University of Kentucky has reached several milestones this year, including its biggest freshman class ever, at more than 5,000 students, and an overall student body of more than 30,000.
Here's one more: UK's undergraduate classes have the most sets of multiples in school history, including 113 sets of twins. In the freshman class, there's also a set of triplets and quadruplets.
Not only that, but those seven students know one another. The triplets — Ben, Adam and Cameron Childress — attended Tates Creek High School with quadruplets Sajidah, Dua'a and Nasreen Omran. (Their brother Jadallah plans to transfer to UK from Bluegrass Community and Technical College next year.)
"UK was the best choice for all of us, so I think independently we all each ended up here," Adam Childress said in a special video presentation filmed by UK.
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"In high school, people always grouped us together — we were always 'the quads,'" said Nasreen Omran. "It has been really nice to come to college, and people not really know you and you can get to know other people. It's nice to have that individuality. I'm me, and not 'the quads.' Even though I love them — don't get me wrong — it's just nice to be your own person."
UK officials don't know whether the multiple trend will continue.
"In this case, seeing double, triple — or even quadruple — is a good thing for the University of Kentucky," said spokesman Jay Blanton. "The numbers of twins, triplets and quadruplets on our campus reflects our continued growth and the fact that more families and students view UK as a first choice for their education."