It’s that time of year again. Time to pull out a fall jacket, drink pumpkin-spice lattes and check out the 2012 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings.

Of course, going to college only starts with finding the best school. The best college experience is one that opens doors and expands opportunities. For a lot of students, that means exploring internships, work opportunities and volunteering, all of which become easier when you’ve got a car on campus.

To help students and parents find the best car for taking advantage of everything college has to offer, save money and prepare for the workforce, we’ve written several features that take the guesswork out of buying a car for teens and college students (sorry, we can’t take the guesswork out of that chemistry midterm).

The Best Cars for College Students highlights cars with a combination of safety, style, student-friendly features and prices that still make it possible to afford tuition. The Student and New Grad Guide to Car Discounts focuses on ways students and new graduates can save money buying and owning a car. The Right Car for College and Beyond helps students and young adults find the best car for college and launching a career. The Right Car for Your School identifies cars that work well on different campuses, while the Right Car for Your Major looks at interests and earning potential to recommend cars for America’s five most popular majors.

Whether you’re on your way to college, have a kid that’s just finishing up or looking to prepare for college in a few years, the 2012 U.S. News Best College rankings are the standard for finding the best school. With our companion pieces, you’ll be able to find the best way to get there.