CliftonStrengths at the ILC

The Illinois Leadership Center (ILC) has a contractual agreement with Gallup, Inc. which allows users with an Illinois email address ( access to create an account to complete the CliftonStrengths assessment through a private, customized portal.

Each user must have an University of Illinois campus email address ( to get access to the ILC's private portal, and is only able to complete the assessment once. 

  • Please note that there is a limited number of assessment codes available each year ONLY for Illinois students who pay campus fees. Scroll down to the bottom for more information about cost and access to the assessment.
  • For Illinois students to have free access to the assessment, they must participate in the CliftonStrengths: Self Discovery Workshop OR a supplemental workshop/discussion being facilitated by another office, department or unit on campus. 
  • The ILC also offers training for faculty & staff groups for a small fee. Scroll down to the bottom for more information. 

Please contact Marcus Kelley at with any questions. 


The CliftonStrengths: Self Discovery Workshop


If you are wanting your students or group members to be aware of their natural talents and how to turn them into Strengths, then request the CliftonStrengths: Self Discovery Workshop.

You can request a 60-minute workshop for a class or student group for free which includes access to the CliftonStrengths assessment while supplies last! Non-student groups can also request a workshop, but see below regarding fee and access to the assessment. 

click here to request a CliftonStrengths workshop

Please contact Marcus Kelley at for assistance. 

The CliftonStrengths: Self Discovery Workshop is also traditionally offered in the ILC's Workshop Wednesday Series which are open to all Illinois students to sign up. Go to to see the next time this workshop is scheduled. 


Have you already participated in a workshop??

If you have already participated in a workshop or discussion, click below for additional resources, self-reflective worksheets, and reading articles to invest into your talents and turn them into your strengths.

click here for CliftonStrengths resources


Cost and Terms & Conditions for the CliftonStrength assessment: 

  • Must have an Illinois NetID/ ( email address to be granted access to the ILC portal. All users are only allowed to complete the assessment one-time on the ILC portal.

  • Instructions to access and complete the assessment will be emailed to participants once a workshop is confirmed. We ask that requests are made at least 3 weeks prior to your preferred workshop date.

  • For Student, there is no fee to complete the assessment while supplies last for the year. However for student users to have access to the assessment at no cost, they must participate in the CliftonStrengths: Self Discovery Workshop or a supplemental workshop/discussion being conducted by another campus unit. 

  • For Faculty/Staff, the cost is $13/person to have access to the assessment. For Faculty/Staff groups interested in a training, there is an additional $75 fee for a standard 90-minute session for a group size of 20 people or less. For larger groups, please contact Marcus Kelley at for a quote. Units will need to provide a CFOP/Banner account number to transfer payment. 

  • For any individual without an Illinois email address (, please visit to purchase an access code from Gallup to complete the assessment on their public portal.

  • As part of having access to and completing the assessment on the ILC portal, you, Gallup, Inc., and the ILC staff have access to your results. If you have any concerns about this, you may take the assessment (for a $ fee) on Gallup's public portal so your information is not affiliated with the ILC or the University. See above for the link to purchase an access code.

  • But should you choose to take the assessment through the ILC portal, please note your results can be shared with the person who requested that you have access to the assessment (i.e. your supervisor, advisor, professor or group leader) should you or they ask for it. This person is instructed to notify you if they are requesting to see your results. The ILC does not distribute your information publicly and simply keep your results as a method of analyzing the strengths of the larger University of Illinois community.

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About CliftonStrengths for Students

The global strengths movement started many decades ago when Dr. Don Clifton posed a simple question:"What would happen if we studied what was right with people versus what's wrong with people?"

Dr. Clifton spent the rest of his life researching and inventing ways to help people maximize their infinite potential. To understand not only who they are, but who they can become.

With the assistance from Gallup Inc., his work led him to invent the CliftonStrengths assessment (formerly StrengthsFinder & StrengthsQuest), used by millions of people to discover their natural talents -- what they do best. Dr. Clifton's research lead to discovering 430+ talents which were condensed to 34 themes and 4 domains.

Everyone may embody all 34 themes, but 5 rise to the top. 

Gallup's studies indicate that people who have the opportunity to focus on their natural talents are 6x more likely to be engaged and 3x more likely to thrive on campus and beyond.

Self-awareness is at the heart of leadership development and CliftonStrengths is a great way to deepen your awareness about yourself and better understand your leadership potential! 

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