CliftonStrengths Programming

Interested in learning about your CliftonStrengths? Below is a list of leadership development opportunities that offer CliftonStrengths at no cost:

Undergraduate students

Introduction to CliftonStrengths

Student Organization Team Training

Magis Emerging Leadership Program 

McGrath Scholars Program

McGrath Graduate Fellowship Program

Graduate Students

Introduction to CliftonStrengths

What is CliftonStrengths? 

The CliftonStrengths assessment is a personal development tool developed by Gallup that identifies an individual's "Top 5 Strengths" among 34 research-based Strengths. CliftonStrengths was developed by Donald "Don" Clifton in 1999 after years of researching and interviewing individuals who have achieved high levels of excellence in their life. According to Gallup, 

The Gallup Organization, widely known for its polls and employee selection research, developed numerous semi-structured interviews to identify talent that could be enhanced and used to pursue positive outcomes in work and school. In the 1990s, under the leadership of Donald O. Clifton, Gallup developed the CSF as an objective measure of personal talent that could be administered online in less than one hour.

Today, over 21 million people have taken the CliftonStrengths assessment. From Gallup's continued research into CliftonStrengths, they have found the following: 

CliftonStrengths Research Facts

Why do we use this assessment with student leaders? 


CliftonStrengths was developed to benefit those seeking personal excellence in their life. Magis, a core value of our Jesuit identity, is about the pursuit of personal excellence. Naturally, CliftonStrengths provides opportunities for our students to better understand their unique talents as well as define pathways for refining their talents into strengths.  With their strengths in mind, they can apply toward them their endeavors as individuals and among the teams and communities they are part of.