Naugatuck quadruplets will all attend Quinnipiac University in Hamden
HAMDEN >> They were born 18 years ago, the first set of quadruplets born at Yale New Haven Hospital. And now, the four siblings will all be attending Quinnipiac University next year.
But it didn’t start out that way. Michael, Vincent, Sofia and Anna Ciacciarella initially were determined not to attend the same college.
“Our vision for college was that it would be our independence,” Anna said Wednesday as she, her brothers and sister and their parents visited Quinnipiac.
But after the four spent the last year visiting colleges, they realized the perfect fit was just down the road from their Naugatuck home, in Hamden at Quinnipiac. They will begin their studies in fall as freshmen, after graduating next month from Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School in New Haven.
And it was Anna who was the last holdout. Sofia, Michael and Vincent all had decided on Quinnipiac, but Anna wasn’t so sure. “There was some pressure,” she said, “but at the end of the day, it was my decision. I drove through the campus a couple of times and I had a good feeling.”
“Our parents always told us to follow what we wanted to do,” said Sophia. But, they said, one thing they know they won’t be doing is living together.
“We are going to be in different dorms,” Vincent said.
They also have different interests.
Anna plans on studying English and environmental science; Sophia will major in biology on the road to becoming a veterinarian; Vincent will major in communications; and Michael will study civil engineering and music. One factor the influenced their decision was that Quinnipiac has programs in each of their interests, they said.
“I want to get involved in as many activities as I can,” Sophia said. Vincent is interested in working with the university’s radio and television stations, while Michael will be checking out the school’s music activities.
Anna said one thing that lured her in was the fact that Sleeping Giant State Park is across the street from the school. “It’s a great opportunity” having it so close, she said, especially in terms of her environmental studies.
Their parents, Ann and Mike Ciacciarella, said they are happy with their children’s decision. “The logistics work,” Ann Ciacciarella said. All will have the same days off and vacations, and traveling home for visits won’t be a problem, she said.
“It works well for all of us,” she said. “I think it will be a good transition to adulthood.”
All four have been awarded merit scholarships to cover part of their tuition, and the university offers sibling discounts, making it easier to afford, she said.
“Quinnipiac University has been amazing,” she said. “They have all made us feel special here.”