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Use a reasonably-sized font: either 10 characters per inch or a 12 point font. And choose a font that is easy to read rather one that is decorative: "Arial," "Lucida," "Modern," "Palermo" or "Times New Roman" are some good choices. Scripted fonts are hard to read even if they do make your paper "look nice"; it is the content of the paper that is most important, and making it easy for your readers to understand that content is always a good choice.
Another comment that I’d like to make concerning essay format is that sometimes professors have their desires and preferences . You should always double-check with your instructor on specifics of formatting. Don’t worry about seeming unprofessional; in fact, you will come off as more considerate and attentive. Some referencing styles have small adjustable elements; for example, MLA format doesn’t require a title page, but your professor might want you to include one. If you clarify this with your teacher, then I guarantee they will think higher of you than of your peers.