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CliftonStrengths at UTK

The CliftonStrengths talent assessment, based on the concept of intentionally developing your strengths rather than your weaknesses, identifies students’ Top 5 Signature Themes from a list of 34 talents. CliftonStrengths is used across the world in large and small businesses and non-profit organizations.

Implementing CliftonStrengths at the University of Tennessee is made possible through a collaboration between First-Year Programs, the Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration, and the Jones Center for Leadership and Service.

CliftonStrengths for Students

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.

All incoming undergraduate students since fall 2020 are able to take the CliftonStrengths talent assessment at no cost via:

If you are a student who enrolled at the university prior to fall 2020 and are in need of a CliftonStrengths code for any reason, please contact Mandie Beeler. There is a discounted code rate of $14 available if you wish to purchase through the JCLS using cash or check. If you need to use a card, you will need to purchase directly through the website at for $19.99.

Graduate Students: At this time, the only option for Graduate Students is to purchase a code through the JCLS using cash or check unless your academic department or GRA/GTA department is willing to cover the cost through an internal transfer. If you are required to purchase a code independently and need to use a card, you will need to purchase directly through the website at for $19.99.

CliftonStrengths for Student Organizations

Maximize the experience, effectiveness, and efficiency of your student organization’s executive board, leadership team, and general membership through CliftonStrengths. The campus-wide CliftonStrengths Facilitation Team can present on a number of topics that best fit the needs of your organization. Learn more here. There is no cost for facilitation, unless an assessment code is needed.

If you have members who have not yet taken the assessment and/or enrolled at the University prior to Fall 2020, there is a $14 charge for each assessment code. If you’re not sure if your members have taken the assessment, please send a roster with names and UTK emails to and request a report.

CliftonStrengths for Faculty/Staff

The strengths-based approach can improve departmental culture, enhance employee experience, and help your teams learn to work better together. The Learning and Organizational Development team in Human Resources can come to your departmental meeting, retreat, or training and lead a workshop based on your unique goals. Request L&OD Support here.

If you’re a faculty or staff member who is interested in taking the assessment outside of a facilitation or coaching session, please contact Kerrie Johnson.