Cougar Orientation and Leadership Experience

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Cougar Orientation Leadership Experience

Cougar Orientation Leadership Experience (COLE) is a week-long orientation which includes an off-site retreat designed to promote personal leadership and community. COLE brings students from different places and connects them to WSU, MSU, and USU, acclimates them to professional school, and sets the foundation for cooperation and teamwork over the next four years. We are proud to be able to provide this unique orientation opportunity. We would not be able to do so without the generous donations from a range of alumni, private and corporate donors; who believe in supporting our students’ development from day one.

Welcome Class of 2025!

Valuable information regarding your first week of Veterinary School - orientation week - will be posted in the drop-down menus below as it becomes available.

Schedule Overview

2020 Virtual White Coat Ceremony


We have been given the okay to invite your family and friends to the White Coat Ceremony! The White Coat Ceremony will be held in Beasley Coliseum on the WSU campus Thursday, August 19th, 2021. Doors will open at 2:00 pm PT with the ceremony beginning at 2:30 pm PT. A light reception will follow the ceremony.

The Ceremony will be streamed on YouTube

As we all know, COVID does have the potential to change even the best-laid plans on very short notice. Please be aware that while our goal is to have a full in-person event for you and your guests, there may be unpredictable changes to State and University guidelines that require us to alter our plans.

All students and guests must follow the current public health guidelines. It is your responsibility to ensure you and your guests are aware of the guidelines prior to coming to campus events. At the time of this email, those not fully vaccinated, or those who are unable to provide proof of vaccination are required to wear a mask. Fully vaccinated people are not required to mask. You may be asked to provide evidence of your vaccination status at any time by a WSU employee.

Parking information
Grey 1 and Green 5 are the closest parking lots to Beasley, daily permits can be purchased in a variety of ways.

Beasley Coliseum Seating Map (pdf file)

We are looking forward to seeing you in just a few short weeks!

The COLE program had a major impact in my life. When I read that we had to go "camping" for several days, I was definitely apprehensive because I didn't know anyone when I first got here. But after COLE, my group members are my closest friends in the program because we built such a tight bond together." Rian Calugcugan from Hawaii, interested in marine animal and exotic veterinary medicine.
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