I am trying to create a title page for my thesis proposal, which is using the article class. I have the page formatted correctly, but it does not act like the default article title page where the document starts on the title page. Instead, I get the body of the proposal starting on the second page, which is not what I want. Also, it is not sufficient to just put the abstract on the title page; the first section should also start on the title page if there is room.

Here is my code right now:

        {\LARGE Insert Title Here \par}
        \vskip 2em
        A Master's Thesis Proposal \\
        {\tiny by} \\
        Christopher J. Lieb \\
        \vskip 2em
        Thesis Advisor \par
        Professor Gary Pollice \par
        \vskip 1em
        {\Large \makebox[3in]{\hrulefill} \par}
        \vskip 1em
            \today \\
            Department of Computer Science\\
            Worcester Polytechnic Institute\\
            100 Institute Road\\
            Worcester, MA  01609\\}

I am just inserting it right at the beginning of my document environment. I started this from the article.cls where I thought the title page was being created, but apparently I missed the part that gets rid of the page break.

How do I make the document start on the title page like the article class does?

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    Isn't the whole point of the titlepage environment that you get a separate title page? Just remove the environment if you don't want that behaviour? Commented Oct 1, 2010 at 11:45

2 Answers 2


Simply redefining \endtitlepage in the preamble would be sufficient:

  • Wouldn't Don't use titlepage be cleaner and more to the point? This is the kind of hack that works, but is hard to understand for newcommers and is more of the kind quick and dirty.
    – Johannes_B
    Commented Feb 17, 2016 at 14:27

Figures that I'd get it AFTER I posted the question.


    % prevent a page break from being put at the end of the title page so that 
            % the contents of the paper spill onto the title page
    % save the function of the \newpage macro so we can restore it later
% restore the \newpage command after creating the title page

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