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Do college essays need to be in MLA format?

Hi all, I'm starting to write my college essay and I was wondering if it needs to be in MLA format? I know we use MLA for most of our high school essays, but I'm not sure if it's necessary for college applications. Any advice or guidance would be appreciated. Thanks!

10 months ago

Hey there! Great question about college essay formatting. Generally, college application essays don't need to be in a specific format like MLA, as the main focus is on the content and your ability to convey your story effectively.

However, it's still important to maintain a clean, easy-to-read format. Make sure you use a standard font (like Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri) and size (usually 12), with 1-inch margins. Double-spacing is also a good idea, as it makes your essay more readable.

When my child was applying to college, they just made sure that their essay was well-organized, engaging, and free of grammatical errors. The admissions officers are more interested in your story and what you can bring to their campus community, rather than strict adherence to a format like MLA.

Best of luck with your essay and the whole application process! Just focus on sharing your unique experiences and perspectives, and you'll do great!

10 months ago

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