Our Mission

Ensure all students graduate high school with high quality postsecondary options that lead to a livable wage and a life of opportunity.

About Us

We’re a team of former high school educators and college counselors. We know firsthand the struggles, stressors and successes that go hand-in-hand with the postsecondary planning process and we believe every student deserves excellent postsecondary opportunities. That’s why we’ve built this streamlined platform with the tools you need to more effectively empower your students.

Our Story

Overgrad was founded in 2013 by Ryan Hoch and Kevin Hoffman, two friends from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After teaching for two years at a high school in St. Louis, Ryan was discouraged by the lack of transparency his students faced when trying to plan and prepare for college. While 90% of Ryan's students wanted to go to college, only 8% would go on to graduate. So with this in mind, Ryan and Kevin teamed up to build Overgrad to help students make informed decisions to ensure success as they transitioned into college and beyond.

To this day, our mission remains the same, but our approach has evolved. We have grown from a solution just for schools to a platform that unites a student's support network in an effort to help them realize the opportunities their education can unlock. Overgrad is the trusted solution of the most innovative school counseling programs in the country. We now offer a wide variety of services and tools for students, parents, schools, and community-based-organizations.

We know it takes a village to support our youth, and Overgrad makes accessing that support possible no matter the student. We hope you will take some time to learn more or sign up for an account.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are here to explain everything you might want to know. Let us help!

Is Overgrad Affordable?

Overgrad is committed to serving all students. Our pricing model is affordable and ESSER funds can be used to pay for Overgrad.

Will I be supported as a customer?

Our Customer Success team is incredibly supportive both with training and onboarding and throughout the year as needs arise. As former counselors and educators, they understand the job and will do everything they can to help.

Do I have to wait until the beginning of the school year to start with Overgrad?

Nope! Schools start with Overgrad at various points of the year. Some schools have started in January using the college search and Overgrad’s unique match formula to help students build meaningful lists. Others have started in March with Overgrad’s award letter tool. Many choose kick off at the beginning of the school year. Our unique offerings can be used alongside other solutions until the start of the next school year. Contact us to determine what’s best for your school community.

How is Overgrad different?

Overgrad aims to not be a college and career readiness platform, but your college and career readiness platform. This means we seek to understand the problems you are facing, the outcomes you want to achieve, and then shape the platform to support you in your goals.

A platform built by former educators and counselors

We’ve been there, and we want to make your lives easier

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