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Common Application Essay Format

dancebabe9008dancebabe9008 Posts: 451Registered User Member
edited October 2013 in College Essays
I have completed my essay. I have a couple of quesitons on the format of the paper itself.

Is there a specific font needed?
Is there a specific font size needed?
Should I put my name on the paper?
Should I put my social security number on the paper?

Thanks so much!
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Replies to: Common Application Essay Format

  • ShinjinShinjin Posts: 133- Junior Member
    I sent in my Common App to Stanford for EA a few days ago, and here's what I've learned.

    The essay fits in as a sort of attachment, much like an email attachment - it makes up the last few pages of the Common App packet excluding the supplement.

    As such, you won't need to put a SS# or name.
    A generic font will work - I used 12 pt. Times New Roman, don't use anything elaborate, I think Arial is fine too.
  • dancebabe9008dancebabe9008 Posts: 451Registered User Member
    Thanks so much !
  • funkygurlfunkygurl Posts: 40Registered User Junior Member
    Hey, I was wondering whether size font of 10 is fine? Or would that be too small...

    I know it's a detail, but still...
  • thegreentrombonethegreentrombone Posts: 123Registered User Junior Member
    Also, I was wondering if it should be single spaced or double, or if it even matters.
  • esgeeesgee Posts: 488Registered User Member
    Bumping this--I also was wondering about double-spacing.
  • woodywoody Posts: 3,699Registered User Senior Member
    "Should I put my name on the paper?
    Should I put my social security number on the paper?"
    You name is generated automatically on the uploaded paper. Your Common App ID is also generated automatically.
    Double-spacing is much easier on the eyes. Don't go crazy with fonts - 10 is too small. Just use Times New Roman.
    Think of making it easier for your reader.
  • rhovrhov Posts: 197Registered User Junior Member
    i used 12-pt times new roman.
    i single-spaced my essays because they fit onto one page that way.
    title centered and at the top.
  • youngvmyoungvm Posts: 23Registered User New Member
    Should I justify everything to the left, or do the whole normal indent thing?
    Do I include the prompt too?
  • quack09quack09 Posts: 62Registered User Junior Member
    i used font 11...is that gonna be a problem......
  • basketballbabe13basketballbabe13 Posts: 1,058Registered User Senior Member
    is a title necessary?
  • north_facenorth_face Posts: 646Registered User Member
    I don't think a title is necessary, but idk
  • quack09quack09 Posts: 62Registered User Junior Member
    i used font 11...lol problem?

    anyone double space as well? some of my friends did, some didnt
  • wxmannwxmann Posts: 855Registered User Member
    bump; this is more than necessary... this is essential.

    So... list of formats.
    1) 12 font TNR

    Questions.
    1) TITLE?
    2) Page numbers?
    3) Single or double spaced?
    3) Left justify or block justify?
  • anhtimmyanhtimmy Posts: 3,256Registered User Senior Member
    I don't think will make or break you. lol
  • quack09quack09 Posts: 62Registered User Junior Member
    as long as the essay's readable, colleges dont mind, just needs to look professional
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