essay formatting

<p>what kind of format should college essays have? </p>

<p>title (necessary?), font, spacing, etc..</p>

<p>currently for the common app essay I have 12 pt Times New Roman. spacing (on word) 5 pt before/5 pt after... I prefer this over 0 pt before/10 pt after which is the word default...does this matter? using 0 pt/0 pt (or enabling "don't add space between paragraphs of similar style") would cut my essay length by 2 lines, so I'm just kind of curious what other people are doing.</p>