The University of Northern California (UNC) is a relatively young university, founded in 1993 in Petaluma, California. It is a private university geared towards having an international student body, where the students study in small classes with more individual attention from professors than in most other institutions. The goal of UNC is to become a premiere engineering and technological university with substantial programs in the liberal arts and sciences. Its special focus is on programs in biological technology. The University of Northern California is approved by Californias educational regulatory agency: Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). It is not accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and not associated with the University of California and the California State University system.