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The University of Tennessee encourages students to be intentional about their leadership, academic, and professional development during their time on campus. CliftonStrengths helps students identify their talents, develop those talents into strengths, and apply their strengths in experiences that will help them be successful both inside and outside the classroom.

According to Gallup research, teams and people who focus on their strengths are:

How Can Strengths Help You?



“What would happen if we studied what was right with people versus what’s wrong with people?”

— Donald O. Clifton


Focus on Your Strengths

We’ve all wondered who we are and what makes us unique.

The CliftonStrengths assessment answers those questions. This online test (formerly named the Clifton StrengthsFinder) measures the intensity of your talents in each of the 34 CliftonStrengths themes. These 34 themes represent what people do best. They categorize all that’s right with humankind, distilled down to 34 different themes.

The CliftonStrengths assessment produces a report featuring customized descriptions of your dominant strengths in ranked order.