College is a new experience for students in many ways. From the freedom of scheduling classes at your convenience to finding your way around a new campus, the changes are evident immediately. Even the way you head your papers may be different from what you are used to. There are a few simple rules to follow when heading a college paper. Once you get the format down, it will become second nature, and you'll find yourself doing it automatically.

Step 1

Place your heading in the upper left-hand corner of the page. Use a one-inch margins for typed papers. This follows Modern Language Association (MLA) formatting. MLA formatting is the accepted standard for college papers.

Step 2

Place your first and last names on the first line. Double space each line of the heading. All lines of the heading are left justified at the left margin.

Step 3

Place your professor's name on the next line. Use his first and last name preceded by Professor. For example, "Professor John Doe" goes on this line.

Step 4

Place the name of your course on the next line. For example, you could use "English 101."

Step 5

Place the date on the final line. To follow MLA formatting, the date should appear as the day in numeral format, the month in written format and the year. For example, "5 January 2011" is appropriate.

Step 6

Double space after the last line of your heading, and center the title of your paper on the next line. Use Title Case style to type the title. For example, "A History of Life During the Tudor Period."

Step 7

Double space after the heading and begin your paper using a 1-inch indent to begin the first paragraph.