Answered By: Amy Krug
Last Updated: Jun 03, 2015     Views: 288563

The word count for a page will vary depending on font size and type, margin size, and spacing elements (single/double space, blank lines, subheadings, graphics).

For a page with 1 inch margins, 12 point Times New Roman font, and minimal spacing elements, a good rule of thumb is 500 words for a single spaced page and 250 words for a double spaced page. Using this as an example, a 3-4 page double spaced paper is 750-1000 words, and a 7 page double spaced paper would be 1750 words.

Assignments often specify a research paper or essay length in terms of words, rather than pages - a paper of 750-1000 words or a paper of 1500-1750 words. This way a student's paper will still meet their instructor's length expectations, regardless of varying font size, margin size, or use spacing elements.

When viewing an electronic version of a student paper in MicroSoft Word, the exact word count can be easily determined. Some research assignments require students to include the word count of their paper.

Also, clarify with your instructor whether the words on the title page, abstract (if used), and reference list count toward the expected word/page count.

Comments (12)

  1. Thank you!
    by Jenny on Jan 24, 2015.
  2. Rad man thanks
    by Charles on Mar 11, 2015.
  3. Thanks a lot - your answer is very clear and addressed my need.
    by Tatiana on May 24, 2015.
  4. Thank you soooo much!!
    by Kale on Jun 26, 2015.
  5. Thanks a lot.
    by Dean on Jun 26, 2015.
  6. Thank you for a very informative answer sir!
    by eL-eL cEE on Aug 26, 2015.
  7. Thank you so much! I have an Essay due tomorrow, this just saved my butt. THANK YOU SO MUCH :)
    by Victoria on Nov 03, 2015.
  8. thx I've got an lm paper due tomorrow and the teachers at harvard no matter what people say r not always right
    by genius on Nov 16, 2015.
  9. This isn't true actually. On Microsoft Word it is at least 350 words to a page with 12 pt Times New Roman font and 1 inch margins, double spaced. I don't know where they got this information but it is literally the most false thing I have ever seen.
    by Ryan on Dec 09, 2015.
  10. We're 100% sticking by the long accepted rule of thumb that good writing will generate about 250 words on a letter size piece of paper, with Time News Roman 12 point font, 1 inch margins, double spaced. A quick generation of "lorem ipsum" text gives us 14,128 words on 55 pages -- this calculates to 257 words per page, which is close enough for us to the 250 word rule of thumb. Some places we looked: and Word counts per page can really vary due to writing style, paragraph lengths, word choices, block quotes, etc.
    by Library Staff on Dec 10, 2015.
  11. Assuming you have a decent vocabulary and the words being used aren't all 3 letters, 250 words is a good estimate.
    by jb on Dec 16, 2015.
  12. Thank you so much, this really helped me!
    by Anonymous on Jan 10, 2016.

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