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ESSAYS! Do we double-space or single-space?

lmicheelleelmicheellee Posts: 241Registered User Junior Member
edited October 2007 in College Essays
Do we double-space or single-space?

Like for U-Penn's app, it just says "do not exceed one page"

however, do colleges prefer single or double-spaced essays? (or even 1.5 space. just any space)
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Replies to: ESSAYS! Do we double-space or single-space?

  • warblersrulewarblersrule Posts: 8,449Super Moderator Senior Member
    Double-spaced. After reading essay after essay, they start to blur together, so make it easy for adcoms to read your essay.
  • RealMRealM Posts: 879Registered User Member
    So the college essays should be one page and double spaced? (Will there be enough space for around 500 words?)
  • RealMRealM Posts: 879Registered User Member
    Bump (10 chars)
  • sybbie719sybbie719 Posts: 16,387Super Moderator Senior Member
    It depends, if you are sending electronically (especially on the common app where your essay will be truncated if too long), you should single space.
    Double-spaced. After reading essay after essay, they start to blur together, so make it easy for adcoms to read your essay.

    I agree but also after reading essay after essay, to pick up and essay that is 2/3 pages or more is also going to be a turnoff and not get read. No amount of spacing will make up for good editing.
  • MBJMBJ Posts: 706Registered User Member
    I like one and a half spacing...... Single spacing is too tight; Double spacing is a bit annoying and can give the impression of too long an essay.
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