My daughter is part of the Pitt Honors Program. She was NEVER going to attend Pitt, but applied because we insisted. She was disappointed that she HAD to attend Pitt, because her top tier schools either waitlisted her, or did not provide enough money for her to attend.
She tells us now that on the second day, she knew she was going to love it there, and she has! She has had so many opportunities, that it's apparent this was the place she was meant to be.
Before she enrolled, I knew it was a great school, but now that she's been a student there, I have to admit it has even exceeded my expectations.
She chose Honors' housing. For her, that was a critical component to her happiness.