The Common Application is an undergraduate college admission application that applicants may use to apply to any of more than 800 member colleges and universities in 49 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Canada, China, and many European countries. Member college
and many online forms will automatically format your essay, so you have no say when it comes to spacing. Always follow directions if a school states a preference for single- or double-spaced essays. If the school provides no guidelines, either single- or double-spaced is fine with a slight preference for double-spacing.
Other Question and Answers that can be helpful for you
1. Is there a spacing option on the common application?
The current version of The Common Application, however, requires you to enter the essay into a text box, and you won’t have any spacing options. The website automatically formats your essay with single-spaced paragraphs with an extra space between paragraphs (a format that doesn’t conform to any standard style guides).
2. Do colleges care about the spacing of an essay?
The admissions officers want to get to know you as a whole person, so it’s the content of your essay, not its spacing, that truly matters. That said, the few colleges that do specify a preference typically request double-spacing.
3. Should I double space my application essay?
So while single-spacing is fine and will be the default for a lot of essays submitted electronically, the recommendation is to double-space when you have a clear option. The admissions folks read hundreds or thousands of essays, and you’ll be doing their eyes a favor by double-spacing. Formatting of Application Essays
4. How do I format my Common App essay?
With your Common App essay, you simply check the box that your essay lines up with the best. Supplemental (shorter) essays have similar formatting options. Use the same rules as above for these. Some do not provide a text box and require you to upload from Google docs or attach a Word file (converting it to a PDF.)