Lucidchart for CS and Information Systems

Computer science professors at leading educational institutions are replacing Microsoft Visio with Lucidchart’s online, collaborative diagramming software.

How do CS professors use Lucidchart?

Lucidchart offers tools that will help your students excel. You and your students can easily create flowcharts, ER diagrams, data flow diagrams, UML diagrams, network diagrams, wireframes and more right from the browser. Think, Visio meets Google Docs.

When students at other leading universities were given the option between Lucidchart and Microsoft Visio, the majority of students selected Lucidchart for its collaboration and ease of use. In fact, 80% of recently surveyed university students who have used Lucidchart and Visio indicated that they plan to use Lucidchart after graduation.

In this account Dr. Stephen Liddle, an Information Systems professor at Brigham Young University who holds a PhD in Computer Science, writes about using Lucidchart in an academic setting.

Which features does Lucidchart offer?

Unlike traditional desktop software, there is no learning curve with Lucidchart. Its intuitive user interface enables students to begin diagramming immediately with ease. Also, Lucidchart’s Community Library, featuring hundreds of shared templates and examples, serves as a valuable resource to students and faculty.

With its real-time collaboration features that allow multiple students to work simultaneously on a diagram, Lucidchart is ideal for group projects. To share their work, students can export to several formats, including a web page, PNG, PDF, VDX, or even an embeddable HTML viewer.

How much does Lucidchart cost?

Lucidchart is completely free for accredited educational institutions.

Professors and faculty, simply use this form to request a group account for your classes.

Students, please encourage a faculty member to make the request for your class or request an individual account.


“Having beaten my head against the impenetrable wall that is Visio, Lucidchart was refreshingly easy to get started with. I didn't even have to buy a textbook and take 17 college classes to learn it!”

– Tiok, student

“Lucidchart has offered free accounts to all CS students. This is a wonderful offer that should help you more easily use UML diagrams to plan out the solutions to your labs and exams.”

– Robert, Computer Science professor