Where should I send my kids to college? It’s the question I’ve heard more than any other in the past few weeks.

The list of schools where students can get a decent education has been dwindling for some time. And atmospheres of political correctness are nothing new. But with the second coming of ’60s radicalism — met this time with weak-willed administrators caving to long lists of student demands — the issue is whether there are any universities where dissenting students have half a chance.

Some schools are better than others. Colleges like Hillsdale in Michigan, which takes no funding from the federal government, doesn’t have to worry about conforming to insane Title IX statutes. And its luminous faculty treats students from a variety of ideological backgrounds with respect.

For religious families, there are also some clear answers as well. Brigham Young University may be a stickler when it comes to church doctrine, but students don’t go there to hide from ideas that may offend them.

Evangelical schools like Wheaton also encourage the rigorous exchange of ideas.

But what if you’re still determined to send your child to a prominent liberal-arts college or nationally recognized university and you’re not an evangelical or a Mormon?

Jon Shields, a professor at Claremont McKenna whose previous work has involved identifying and interviewing conservative professors across the country, notes that they aren’t sprinkled evenly at different universities. In fact, schools in the South and Catholic schools are more likely to have ideological diversity on the faculty than others.

In terms of Catholic universities, Shields says that Notre Dame, Boston College and Catholic University all have some conservatives on their faculties. While there are Catholic schools that have been on the cutting edge of campus radicalism, it’s clear that there are a few schools that still retain some commitment to teaching Western Civilization and welcoming students from across the political spectrum.

In the South, Shields mentions the University of Virginia, Emory University and the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M. While none of these schools has a reputation for being particularly conservative, they all have a critical mass of self-identified conservative professors.

When asked why particular schools get more conservatives, Shields notes that conservatives tend to gravitate toward certain fields. If they’re teaching history, they’re more likely to be teaching ancient history, which is less politicized than, say, 20th-century American history. Or they’re teaching in the economics department.

When schools make choices about which areas of study they’re going to hire professors in, they’re making inherently political choices. Why schools in the South or Catholic schools make those choices even when the vast majority of the faculty and administration isn’t conservative is harder to determine.

When Shields wrote about this in a blog post, it was linked to the College Confidential website last week and immediately garnered thousands of hits. While some commenters appreciated the research, others objected to the idea that only self-identified conservatives could ensure the free exchange of ideas in the classroom.

Of course that’s not the case. One of my favorite professors at Harvard was a brilliant teacher of Shakespeare and Faulkner and I was completely unaware until after graduation that he had written speeches for Al Gore.

Unfortunately, it’s becoming exceedingly rare for professors to keep their politics out of the classroom, and even if students want apolitical content, they’re much better off with conservative academics who tend to shy away from the politicization of academic inquiry.

By the way, if your child is set on an Ivy League education, you may be particularly worried. The wrong Halloween costume at Yale can create a campus-wide uprising. At Brown University, people who want to engage in free inquiry now have to join a secret society. For the record, Shields says that Harvard has more ideological diversity on its faculty than the rest.

He’s hoping to continue his research, but in the meantime, it’s important for parents to know they have a choice. “There are a million consumer guides for colleges out there — the hottest guys, the best dining commons.” But there’s not much guidance if students want a statistical measure of ideological diversity.

Indeed, if enough families start to consider this kind of data, school administrators might do so as well.

Naomi Schaefer Riley is a senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum.