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


On-Site Information

While you have been receiving updates regarding Orientation and COLE, I know there have been questions about the White Coat Ceremony. I have provided some information below - please keep in mind that this can change at any time if there are any changes to campus or state public health guidelines.

Because not all of our classes will be in one physical location this year, we will be having the ceremony live-streamed between our Pullman and Logan campuses. A link will be available for friends and family who would like to watch the ceremony. The ceremony generally takes about an hour.

Pullman and Bozeman students:

White Coat Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, August 19th at Beasley Coliseum on the WSU campus. Doors will open at 2:00 pm PT and the ceremony will start at 2:30. A light reception is planned directly after the ceremony, pending current health guidelines. At this time, we are hopeful to invite your friends and family to attend and celebrate with you.

This list shows how your name will be listed on the White Coat program (you entered this when completing your online student forms).

Follow this link to a Qualtrics survey to indicate how you would like your name to be read during the ceremony and to attach an audio clip for reference. Please complete the Qualtrics no later than Friday, July 30th

Utah students:

White Coat Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, August 19th at 3:30 pm MT on the USU campus (doors open at 3:00 pm MT). A dinner event will follow. You should have received an email a week or two ago from Jodi with an invitation: Please do not hesitate to reach out to Jodi or Michael with questions.

Off-Site Information

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Reference Books


Please feel free to e-mail
Rocky Lucas with any questions.

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.
Washington State University