CliftonStrengths for Students

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.

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 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 awarness about yourself and better understand your leadership potential! 

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CliftonStrengths at the ILC

The Illinois Leadership Center (ILC) has a contractual agreement with Gallup, Inc. which allows Illinois students and faculty/staff access to the CliftonStrengths assessment through a customized portal. 

Each user must have an ( email address to get access, and is only able to complete the assessment once through the ILC portal. Please note that there is a limited number of free access to the assessment available each year for Illinois students only. 

For Illinois students to have free access to the assessment, they must participate in the CliftonStrengths: Self Discovery Workshop or a supplemental workshop/discussion. 

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 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. 

Please contact Marcus Kelley at for any workshop request at this time. 

The CliftonStrengths: Self Discovery Workshop is also 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. 

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.

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Information regarding cost and access to 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 users, the cost to complete the CliftonStrengths assessment is free while supplies last for the year. For student users to have free access to the assessment, they must participate in the CliftonStrengths: Self Discovery Workshop or a supplemental workshop/discussion. 

  • For Faculty/Staff users, the cost is $20/person to complete the CliftonStrengths assessment and a standard 90-minute workshop. Units will need to provide a CFOP/Banner account number to transfer payment. For information about requesting a customized workshop, please contact Marcus Kelley at

  • For Faculty/Staff members who are only interested in completing the CliftonStrengths assessment or any individual without an Illinois NetID/ ( email address, please go to to purchase an access code directly from Gallup to complete the assessment.