i'm a graduate, and aib was definitely different when i was there, but i can tell you a couple of things that won't change, and hopefully we have some current members here, this comm is...quiet to say the least ;)
1. don't slack on building your portfolio or anything, but, imo, aib is very easy to get into. theirs was the first letter i got, way before any others.
2. you live in connecticut, so what do you mean by commute? i can guarantee you won't be driving in from there everyday. at least, not happily. 'commuters' according to aib kids are those that live elsewhere in massachusetts and either drive in or take the commuter rail every day. have you spent any time in boston? trust me, you don't want to drive there, much less try to find parking nearby for the duration of classes. if you live in the dorms there's a shuttle that takes you back and forth [i don't think that's changed], and if you live in an apartment you'll learn how to take the T [subway]. or walk, if you lived really close by.
also, aib doesn't have a campus, so...no one lives on it ;) we do share a miniscule "campus" with lesley, our parent university, but it's not a typical college campus like northeastern, bu, uconn, penn state, etc. basically you live in the dorms, and go to school in the city, and do whatever you want in between. some people love that, i know i did, i personally feel like living on a campus fosters people too much to their detriment, but some are overwhelmed by that idea.
3. the dorm situation as of late seems to be in constant flux, i would take a tour and see for yourself, and maybe someone else can add to this.
anyways, good luck, feel free to post more questions... :)
ps what program were you thinking of applying in?