The Barnard cap refers to the rule that caps the number of Barnard students allowed to live in Columbia housing.
The cap is calculated as:
- the number of Columbia students who have chosen to participate in Barnard selection
- + the number of Barnard students living in Columbia sorority houses
- + the number of Barnard students living in Columbia Special Interest Communities
Once this cap is reached, all groups with one or more Barnard members that have not yet selected a room will decrease by the number of Barnard students in it, while the Barnard members will drop to Barnard room selection. That is, if you have 8 people including one Barnard student in the group, and the cap is filled, your group becomes a group of 7.