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Do I need to format my college essay in MLA style?

Hello, I'm working on my college essay, and I was wondering if I should follow the MLA format? I know it's common for research papers and such, but is it required for college application essays too? Any advice is appreciated. Thank you!

9 months ago

Hello! Great question about essay formatting. While MLA format is commonly used for research papers, college application essays do not need to follow a specific format like MLA unless specified by the college you are applying to. Generally, they are more interested in the content and how well you express yourself than the formatting.

That being said, it is still crucial to make your essay presentable by using clear paragraphs, a legible, professional-looking font (such as Times New Roman or Arial), and proper grammar and punctuation. This helps make your essay easy to read and shows that you've put effort into its presentation.

Best of luck with your essay, and happy writing!

9 months ago

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