The Rise and Fall
of Tiger Confessions


In May 2020, two months after students were sent home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, dozens enrolled in MAT 202: Linear Algebra with Applications were referred to the Committee on Discipline after a teaching assistant (TA) posted a false solution on the online resource Slader — which was subsequently covered extensively in The Daily Princetonian. The details first spread to the student body, however, via TigerConfessions, an anonymous Facebook page.

will i get suspended for mat202

mat202 reported me for cheating when i didn’t copy any answers and i am terrified

i was investigated by mat202 i didn’t cheat i worked with a group of other mat202 students and one of the answers i discussed with them they apparently got from an online source … i didn’t feel i belonged at princeton after being belittled attacked and threatened for over an hour today by odus

i had a nightmare when i went to sleep after reading the scary as fuck announcement last night and ever since i woke up ive been frozen in bed unable to move or get up i tried to eat but i cant because i feel vomity.

From complaints about classes to exchanges about eating clubs, the TigerConfessions Facebook page has allowed Princeton students to anonymously share their thoughts since 2018. Anonymous confession pages are not unique to Princeton — there’s also, for example, CUNY Confessions on Facebook and Yale Confessions on Instagram.

Current and former Princeton students are allowed to join the group and submit confessions through a Google Form. From there, the group moderator, an anonymous Princeton student who uses the pseudonym Tyga San, individually approves and posts submissions to the private Facebook group. Once posted, anyone in the group can publicly react to or comment on the confession.

All posts are accepted except “low-effort, boring, or incomprehensible content,” as well as “low-effort or inflammatory political content” without a name signed to it, personal attacks, suicidal thoughts, duplicate posts, and advertisements.

At its peak, TigerConfessions was the locus of campus conversation. In May 2020, 6 percent of all posts on TigerConfessions contained “MAT202” or “MAT 202,” and nearly 8 percent of all posts on Tiger Confessions contained “202.” (Some students referred to the class as “202” by itself, although a few posts containing “202” were used to refer to other courses).

Yet usage of the COVID-era tool has declined substantially.

Submissions hit an all-time high during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in spring of 2020, with an average of about 113 posts a day. Since then, posting has noticeably declined, decreasing to an average of about 6 posts a day in Fall 2022 — a period when other anonymous confession apps, such as Fizz, have increased in popularity.

Facebook usage among Princeton students has also declined overall — the Official Princeton Class of 2023 page has 2100 members, while the Class of 2026 page has 1200 members. According to the Daily Princetonian’s inaugural Frosh Survey, 43 percent of the incoming Class of 2024 used Facebook on a regular basis, compared to only 17.3 percent of the incoming Class of 2026. At the same time, TigerConfessions has fallen into disuse.

Using a post submission dataset provided by the moderator, we looked at how the Facebook group has reflected campus conversations over the past three years. The dataset contains the text of confessions that were submitted and approved from October 2019 to mid-January 2023.

Explore our findings on social life, mental health, COVID-19, academics, and campus life or search for specific terms below.

Search words in the text box below and see their frequency and counts over time in all TigerConfessions posts.


This graph — and all other term frequency graphs in this project — allows you to toggle between the percentage and number of posts that contain a particular term over time. Plotting the percentage helps illustrate the relative importance of a term on TigerConfessions over time, but this metric can be misleading in months with less activity since just a small number of posts can greatly increase the percentage of posts containing a term for that month.

Additionally, unless otherwise noted, all term frequency charts are case insensitive and only display terms that do include spaces. For more information about this, see our methodology section.


Suthi Navaratnam-Tomayko is an assistant editor for the Data section at the ‘Prince.’

Grace Kim is a contributor to the Data section at the ‘Prince.’

Anika Maskara is an emeritus head Web Design and Development editor.

Web design by Head Web Design and Development Editor Ananya Grover

Graphics by Head Graphics Editor Katelyn Ryu

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