A number of applicants have sent me the following e-mail from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder:
"Due to a complex internal reorganization now in progress, the University of Colorado Boulder Philosophy Department will not be admitting any new graduate students for the 2014-15 year. We apologize for the inconvenience and we will refund the application fees for those who have already paid. Thanks so much for your interest in us. We expect to re-open enrollments for 2015-16."
One of the students who received this e-mail wrote me:
It is amazing and entirely unprofessional that they would decide not to accept applications so late in the application season. Many of us had already submitted GRE scores, which cost a fee, and had been working on the application and were excited to apply there. I can't believe they are doing this, and it is further complicating the arduous task of applying to graduate school, and now we have to scramble and either have one less school to apply to, or quickly add another school. It's not up on their website as of yet, so maybe you can post about this to help spread the word that they are not accepting applications this year.
Colorado clearly needs to refund not only applications fees, but other fees that students incurred in applying there, such as GRE fees. I trust they will do the right thing, but would be glad to hear from students going forward.