Hello, It has been several months since I have posted to this forum. After conversing with a few of you here, I have decided to go through with applying for GCU's Ph.D. in psychology. I guess I'm just looking for a little reassurance before I turn in that last piece of information that will earn me an "acceptance" into the program (though I believe this is the type of program that accepts anyone who checks the boxes). My hesitation is that this is a for-profit university. Both my BA and MA were earned at public B&M schools. Given, I believe GCU is a few steps above some of the diploma mill-type schools out there, I am still a little worried about it hurting my resume. I am sorry if I sound like a snob. I really am sorry - but let's be honest... we've all heard the horror stories about how some people have spent tens of thousands of dollars on degrees that have actually weeded them out of the career pool due to the name of the schools attached to the credentials. My purposes for earning a Ph.D. are 1)Personal enrichment and 2)Like everyone else around here, I want to teach and conduct research on the side. I'm starting my family and am not looking for a tenure-type position, however, I'd love to be a lecturer or even adjunct at a decent school some day. Is this going to be possible with a name like GCU behind me? I spoke to the director of a program at Arizona State about GCU. She's a nice lady - her response to me though was, "I don't know too much about the school since they became a for-profit institution." I am not sure if that was a nice way of saying, "Their name is not going to help you but I am not the type of person to say anything rude about another school" or if she sincerely means that she does not know... however, she DID tell me specifically that a "school like the University of Phoenix would NOT earn me a teaching position at any major university"... and really, I already knew that but I do not know if GCU is a "UoP type of school." There just isn't a whole lot of information about it out there. Any input/moral support would be nice. I am sorry if I am coming across as being snobbish. I promise I am not that type of person, I just want to make sure my investment will yield me something valuable and other than this website, my casual internet searches/asking around have not turned up anything too informative about this school/program. Thanks, friends!