So, this past March, I sent in a complete application for a graduate program at Texas Tech (Ph.D. in Technical Communication and Rhetoric) which is housed in their English department. In April, they contacted me to tell me that they were no longer accepting applicants for both the spring 2018 semester (to which I'd applied) and the fall, but were now only accepting applications once a year. So they said they had automatically rolled my application into the folder for Fall of 2018 applicants.
Upon learning this, I decided to apply to another program at Texas Tech. This time the program was