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In partnering with CliftonStrengths for Students, NC State’s Common Experience strives to help each first-year student engage their talents in a new way. According to Gallup, the CliftonStrengths assessment is a Web-based assessment of normal personality from the perspective of Positive Psychology. It is the first instrument of this type developed expressly for the Internet.

Over a secure connection, the CliftonStrengths assessment presents 177 items to you. Each item consists of a pair of potential self-descriptors, such as “I read instructions carefully” versus “I like to jump right into things.”

Learn more below about how to take the CliftonStrengths for Students assessment and opportunities to engage with your strengths throughout your first year on campus!


Below you will find workshops and resources available to students to support your understanding of CliftonStrengths to maximize your opportunities for success in your first year at NC State. Click on a workshop below for a short description, the dates the workshop is being offered, and to register!

It is recommended that you complete the CliftonStrengths prior to participating in the workshops to make the most of your experience. Directions for completing the assessment can be found below.

Additional Resources

The following resources may take you to websites external to NC State and are meant for informational purposes related to CliftonStrengths. For in-depth discussions about CliftonStrengths, register for one of our workshops above!

Taking the CliftonStrengths Assessment

Still Have Questions?

If you questions related to the CliftonStrengths for Students assessment or the Common Experience, please contact New Student Programs at or 919.515.1234 for assistance.