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 2024!

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

Please follow the links below for more information about your orientation week:

Welcome Letter

Schedule Overview

Virtual Orientation Detailed Schedule
Virtual Wellness & Professional Development Experience Schedule

Link to Virtual White Coat Ceremony 


On-Site Information

All activities are
VIRTUAL this year!

See the schedules above for more information.


Off-Site Information

All activities are
VIRTUAL this year!

See the schedules above for more information.

Reference Books



Please feel free to call or e-mail
Bethany Colaprete with any questions
or concerns 509-335-4709

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