Sometimes seemingly trivial issues can cause a lot of anxiety and waste a lot of time for college applicants. A prime example: essay line spacing. The Common Application as well as the majority of other college applications do not specify whether an essay should be single-spaced or double-spaced. As a result, some applicants agonize over the issue and in some cases simply split the difference and go with 1.5 line spacing.
The bottom line is that most admissions officers don't really care how your essay is spaced. The more important issue is what your essay says and how well it is written. That said, in the few cases in which application instructions or a college admissions officer specifies a spacing preference, double-spacing tends to be the winner. So, if you aren't given any spacing guidelines and you're losing sleep over the issue, simply go with double spacing and be done with it. Read more on essay spacing.
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