The following information comes from the Pocket Keys for Writers and respects the MLA (Modern Language Association) Style. Here is a summary of the most current information. If you want more details, click here.
College Essay Format
To respect the standards of presentation, follow these guidelines.
Paper: Unlined 8½”x 11” white paper. Clip or staple the pages.
Print: Black, letter-quality type and not draft type.
Margins: 1” margins all around; ragged right margin; do not justify
Type Font and Size: Standard font as Times New Roman or Arial; regular font size of 10 or 12 points.
Spacing: Double-space between the lines and list of works cited
Paragraphing: Start a new paragraph with one half inch from the left margin; no additional line between paragraphs.
Page numbers: Usually in the top right margin.
Title and identification on a separate page: Use it only if your teacher requires it. Generally, a title page will center the title, your name, the course information, and the date.