This is your resource for everything CliftonStrengths at Mizzou!

Previously known as StrengthsQuest, Gallup renamed the assessment CliftonStrengths for Students in May 2017. CliftonStrengths for Students is an assessment that helps identify natural talents. Knowing one’s talents allows individuals to build on them and develop them into strengths, which can help achieve academic, career, and personal success. Please feel free to use this website to help you learn more about CliftonStrengths and how the MU Career Center can help you learn from and get the most from this assessment.

What is CliftonStrengths for Students?Strengths!

CliftonStrengths for Students is an online personality assessment. Based on your responses, it will determine your top five talent themes. These talents are innate ways of thinking and behavior patterns that you excel in.

Why should I take it?

We all aim to be successful. The Gallup organization interviewed successful people in a variety of career fields to understand what they did differently, to make them stand out.

They found that successful people:

  • Know and build on their talents
  • Apply their talents in roles that fit them
  • Capitalize on their uniqueness
  • Invent ways to apply their greatest talents

CliftonStrengths for Students helps you to discover and identify your top talent themes in a variety of settings. By becoming aware of these talents, you can develop them into strengths. Strengths can be utilized for success in all aspects of your life, including career planning and in the classroom. The assessment is all about focusing on your natural talents to maximize your potential.

How do I get started?

The first step is to take CliftonStrengths for Students! If you are a student, connect with the MU Career Center between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to take the assessment and meet with a Career Specialist or e-mail If you are a faculty or staff member who would like to take it, please email Thank you for your patience as we process your requests!

Mizzou’s Top 5 Talent Themes

Mizzou students, faculty, and staff have a wide range of talent themes that are used in all areas of campus, but the following are the most common talents held among the Mizzou student body and faculty and staff who have taken CliftonStrengths in the past 14 years.

Student includes achiever, restorative, adaptability, empathy, and harmony. Faculty and staff include learner, achiever, responsibility, input, and relator.