At CU Boulder, every student, faculty & staff has the opportunity to complete the online CliftonStrengths assessment for free. Because of CU Boulder’s commitment to student success and well-being through academic, professional, and social engagement, we believe that providing CliftonStrengths to the campus can build a strong community in which every student can thrive. 

What would happen if we studied what is right with people? -Don Clifton​

In 2001, Gallup research developed an assessment, CliftonStrengths, to help individuals discover and use their natural talents. CliftonStrengths was created by Gallup to help students identify, understand and maximize their strengths and talents in regards to their academic pursuits. Through 2 million+ interviews with the ‘best of the best,' Gallup identified 400+ themes of talent and then narrowed down to 34 most prevalent themes of talent.

We find Talents to be the naturally recurring pattern of thought, feeling, or behavior that can be productively applied. It’s how we: process information, interact with people and see/understand the world. From there, a Strength is the ability to provide consistent, near-perfect & positive performance in a given activity.

Here's what students are saying about this tool:

"My Strengths positively impact my experience as a CU student because they keep me on task and stress levels down. This information helped a lot with my first year."

"Knowing my Strengths will influence my performance in college by giving me insight to which areas I will be most effective in during group projects and presentations. I will be able to focus on what I am good at, and leave the areas that I am not as strong in to my teammates."

Learn more about:

  • Why CU Boulder utilizes CliftonStrengths
  • Who is helping the development of Strengths at the university
  • How students can apply their Strengths on campus
  • FAQs surrounding CliftonStrengths

Staff and faculty are invited to participate in free professional development facilitated by the Strengths Advisory Committee. During these sessions, you will learn more about using CliftonStrengths with students and for your own personal and professional development. To be informed of future sessions, please email with your contact information.