About places to live. Highlands Ranch would probably be expensive for housing. It is about 10 miles away. It would be a great place to live with a family though. I am probably going to rent there. Also, there is a light rail stop on Lincoln Ave, so you could take the lightrail. I think the website estimates times to DU from that stop at 35 minutes if I remember correctly. I think that is perfect because you don't have to worry about driving and it is long enough that you can study some each way.
I haven't spoken with any snobby admissions officers yet, there have been some seemingly uninformed ones, but none have been snobby. Then again, CU says don't contact them, so I really don't know about them as they do not allow communication
I really want to hear back from CU though. The wifey and I are coming out in a week for ASW, and I am going to visit both schools and try to "feel out" the best pick. I really want the CU admit though.
But how I love Denver.
I take the light rail everyday from Lincoln Station. If you are thinking of renting, there are several places right around Lincoln Station that would allow you to walk to the train, or have an extremely short drive. It takes a little bit less than 35 min to get to the University stop. I leave Lincoln on the 5:03, and get to University on by 5:25 or so.
Let me know if you have any questions about living in the Lone Tree area!